Oliver Mill and Water Snakes

Earth has been around for 4.5 billion years. For 700 million years it was Pummeled by asteroids. She has gone though 5 major extinctions, some say we are experiencing the sixth as I write this blog. But all and all, today was a good day for me. How ’bout you?

It’s funny how sometimes the people we remember the least make the greatest impression on us.

Another great day at Oliver Mill Park Middleboro, MA. The only thing missing was the grandchildren.  Met some folks from New England Herpetological  Society, hope I got it right. They were handling a few water snakes. Very well informed on a subject that I just happened to be quiet fond of myself. Remember the quote by Professor Barnhardt to Mr. Carpenter in The Day The Earth Stood Still  ” It isn’t faith that makes good science, Mr. Klaatu, it’s curiosity. Sit down, please. There are several thousand questions I’d like to ask you. ” That’s how I felt talking to these men. Below are two water snakes of different size. Further down, Red Wing Black bird, and Goose with young. For more great stuff from Oliver Mill, visit the Categories links on right side of page. Or click on links below:  Also, below, the Videos from today at Oliver Mill with the water snakes.  And of course, just for the heck of it, below, shows the kids with a  Python, if not mistaken. Marla Isaac, from New England Reptile & Raptor Exhibits came to Brendon’s Birthday party many years ago, Brendon is now 21.  Some images below can be enlarged by clicking. 

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Water Snake

Water snakes mating, Mendon, MA, and second image, Oliver Mill Park, Middleboro, MA

Our native snakes occupy a wide range of habitats, including: fields, forests, wetlands, ponds, lakes, streams, rocky hillsides, farmland, vacant lots and residential neighborhoods. Within those habitats, snakes may travel along the ground, swim, climb trees and bushes, and venture below ground. Although some snakes do burrow, most “snake holes” are produced by chipmunks, mice, shrews and other small mammals. Many snakes utilize these burrows for food, shelter and egg laying sites, but most species don’t dig holes.