A couple weeks ago while hiking the Nelson’s Trail, I ran into this guy.
It’s always kind of startling when you almost step on a snake! In the fall they will come out on warm sunny days and seek out a warm rock for one last soak in the sun. They are lethargic and will barely slither off the rock to get out of your way. It gives you an opportunity to study them up close. Snakes hibernate in the winter, but they must get below the frost line in order to survive. Their metabolism slows way down and they don’t need to eat for the time they are below ground.
In Canada, just north of Winnipeg, the NARCISSE SNAKE DENS are a tourist attraction. Thousands of Garter Snakes hibernate together in underground dens.