Waking up early in the morning, I headed to Trent University Campus for a morning hike. I started by heading to my boards and regular snake spot where I managed to flip some Eastern Garter Snakes which was a nice surprise. The first Eastern Garter Snake bit me but all put on quite a display involving flattening their bodies to look bigger and striking. This is a defensive behaviour done when they don’t have enough energy to escape, it’s likely they only recently came out to bask. Soon under the smallest rock that I almost stepped on I found my first neonate Eastern Milk Snake of the year. After finding snakes I headed along the blue trail of the Trent Wildlife Sanctuary, walking past Large White Trilliums, Trout Lilies and the Silver Maple swamp. The Wildlife Sanctuary was once a series of large fields before trees were planted to re-wild the area. Still there are remnants of the sanctuary’s origins with the remains of rock walls found throughout. In one of these rock walls, under a smallish rock was yet another neonate Eastern Milk Snake which was a bit more defensive then the last. I got some photos before safely returning him to his rock pile. I soon headed to my other snake spot which faced the east in the hopes of finding more snakes. The spot only procured one Eastern Garter Snake but made for a nice hike where I managed to walk 10km all before when I would otherwise get out of bed.
I'm Mac Marzolini and I created this blog for a variety of reasons, the first of course is to open a window into what is happening in my life (cause my grandmother reads this), but also to help myself catalogue some of my favorite photos from my many adventures.