Common Ribbonsnakes (mating pair)

Common Ribbonsnakes (mating pair)

The preceding photograph shows a mating pair of a Common Ribbonsnakes (Thamnophis sauritus sauritus), spotted on 02 April 2014 along the boardwalk that goes through the central wetland area at Huntley Meadows Park. The larger snake is the female; the smaller one is the male.

The happy couple is resting on a bed of dried cattail leaves (Typha sp.) and Swamp Rose stems (Rosa palustris). Notice the round insect gall on a Swamp Rose stem (located to the left of the male’s head, relative to the photo). The gall was probably made by a species of Cynipid wasp.

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