Weekly Notes – April 28, 2013

Cowslips, Hummingbirds, salamanders and snakes all make an appearance. New categories are added offering Volunteer & Events and a discussion on Public Policy in this weeks Maine Nature News.

Weekly Notes – April 14, 2013

Climate variation across Maine is most noticeable during April when Canada Geese are nesting in the southwestern portions of the state while northern areas are still under ice.

DeKay’s Brown Snake on Sears Island

DeKay’s Brown Snake

Do Garter Snakes Eat Slugs?

Conventional wisdom (MARAP, Mass Wildlife, latest issue) has it that garter snakes eat slugs. I’ve never been able to confirm this, and I have even noted a garter snake that inadvertently mouthed a slug and appeared to be very distressed about his predicament and tried to wipe the slime off. This little photo sequence suggests […]

Garter Snakes

This is one of four garter snakes that bask on big rocks at the end of a garden.

Ring Necked Snake (Pembroke Map 37)

Quoddy Nature Notes – A Snake!

Quoddy Nature Notes by Fred Gralenski The commonest snake we have here in the Quoddy region, as well as across the continental U.S., is the Common Garter snake Thamnophis sirtalis. There are about a dozen subspecies in North America, and here we have two: the Eastern Common Garter snake Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, and the Maritime […]