Sunday, September 17, 2006

High Altitude Garter

Today I observed a terrestrial garter snake (Thamnophis elegans) at 10,400 feet on the top of Cerro Rubio in the Valles Calderas National Preserve near Los Alamos. Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera. I know the temperatures were well below freezing up there last night and are going to get even colder tonight. Also known as wandering garter snakes, this little baby was wandering to an extent where very few snakes dare to go.


At 6:19 PM, Blogger Steve sculpts critters said...

I have run into them up at aspen vista up the ski road in Santa Fe (artist road, up into Hyde park) along the road trail thru the gate


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