last Wednesday I headed to an area where I have heard of observations of snakes. I was in High Park already birding (and for some reason found a coconut) but soon headed to the snake spot. As I walked through the forested area I noticed large amounts of rocks which o flipped hoping to see salamanders. I found more salamanders there than I have anywhere else in the city with 18 individuals found in total consisting of both Red-Backed Salamanders and the colour morph; Lead-Backed Salamander. As I headed back to the train station to meet up with fellow herper Eric, I saw a massive Eastern a Milksnake crossing the path. I took some photos of it but the snake escaped into the tall grass before I could catch it. I met up with eric and we headed towards where I saw the Milksnake. We did not find the Milksnake but we did see an Eastern Garter Snake crossing the path and more Eed-Backed Salamanders under cover. Walking to the other side of the green space we find two large wooden boards. One was being used as a rudimentary bridge while the other was leaning up against a tree. We decided to move the boards to a grassy area close to where I saw the Milksnake in the hopes of attracting more. As we got the field Eric found a board already placed there part of a study by he university of Waterloo. We checked under and found two of the largest Milksnakes I had seen that year. One was a lot darker than the other and after looking at the photo I took of the one crossing my path I realized that the lighter one was the same individual. We got our photos, drew the attention of some curious hikers and dog walkers before returning the snakes to their board. As we were hearing back to the train station we found a half dozen Garter Snakes on the edge of the path. All in all a damn good herping day especially for being in the middle of Toronto.
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.