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16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Common garter snake, Thamnophis sirtalis

While exploring around a pond, I came across this common garter snake sunning itself on a hill. I spent about 5 minutes slowly approaching the snake, never allowing my shadow to go over the snake, never reaching toward the snake. It's only movement was a flick of it's tongue, trying to scent me. I love photographing snakes especially when I do not make them move, and can back away without ever upsetting these beautiful creatures.

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Date Taken: 06.2018
Date Uploaded: 06.2018
Photo Location: Salem, Oregon, United States of America
Camera: DMC-FZ300
Copyright: © Stephanie Hazen