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Massasauga

Massasauga

My new obsession: Fordite, also known as Detroit agate. It was formed from the build up of layers of enamel paint during automotive production.

My new obsession: Fordite, also known as Detroit agate. It was formed from the build up of layers of enamel paint during automotive production.

Blue-spotted Salamander I used to catch these when I was young.

Blue-spotted Salamander I used to catch these when I was young.

Purple Asters

Purple Asters

Identified many of these in Clare County, Michigan -- probably the most common snake I've seen with Garter Snakes being a close second || Northern Brown Snake by Nick Scobel, via Flickr

Identified many of these in Clare County, Michigan -- probably the most common snake I've seen with Garter Snakes being a close second || Northern Brown Snake by Nick Scobel, via Flickr

Eastern Garter Snake -- the second most common garter snake I've identified here in Michigan, primarily in Clare County, Michigan

Eastern Garter Snake -- the second most common garter snake I've identified here in Michigan, primarily in Clare County, Michigan

This was the first snake I ever caught by myself. I lightly stepped on the tail and guided the head into a pop bottle. Smooth green snake

This was the first snake I ever caught by myself. I lightly stepped on the tail and guided the head into a pop bottle. Smooth green snake

Northern Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis sauritus septentrionalis) Photo © Jim Harding Ribbon Snakes inhabit marshes and the edges of lakes, ponds, and streams. They are very alert and active, and swim well (but rarely dive). Their diet includes frogs, tadpoles, salamanders, and small fish. From 3 to 26 young are born in late summer. They are 7 to 9 inches long and colored like the adults. The snake can be found throughout the Lower Peninsula, and is locally common where suitable wetland habitat…

Northern Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis sauritus septentrionalis) Photo © Jim Harding Ribbon Snakes inhabit marshes and the edges of lakes, ponds, and streams. They are very alert and active, and swim well (but rarely dive). Their diet includes frogs, tadpoles, salamanders, and small fish. From 3 to 26 young are born in late summer. They are 7 to 9 inches long and colored like the adults. The snake can be found throughout the Lower Peninsula, and is locally common where suitable wetland habitat…

Native Plants - Woodland/Shade Species - From the Prairie Moon Nursery [- Cream Violet/Viola striata

Native Plants - Woodland/Shade Species - From the Prairie Moon Nursery [- Cream Violet/Viola striata

found a blue racer snake-about 4 ft. long, in my garden  5/12/12  oh dear...

found a blue racer snake-about 4 ft. long, in my garden 5/12/12 oh dear...

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