Third Eye - Herping Ohio 2008  
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The following photos were taken at the Independence (Ohio) Board of Education on July 31, 2008. We decided to check under some "snake habitat" the students set out earlier in the year.

Pieces of plywood or sheets of metal set in fields near the edge of a forest can be the ideal artificial habitat for snakes and other wildlife.
What can brown do for you?
The Northern Brown Snake (Storeria dekayi dekayi) is often mistaken for a baby Garter Snake. This is a small, common snake - sometimes found in suburban yards and urban parks, but it is very secretive. This species eats earthworms, slugs and spiders.
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Female Garter Orange Stripes
This female Eastern Garter Snake had orange stripes, instead of the typical yellow coloration. Eastern Garter Snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis) often hunt or bask during the day. Garter snakes eat many types of prey, including frogs, toads, salamanders, earthworms, small fish, and tadpoles.
Hunters Snake Hunters
A few Independence High School students and their teacher look for snakes on a warm afternoon.
Leopard Good Garter
This young male had a slight orangish tint. Garter Snakes can be found in many types of habitats, including hardwood forests, abandoned fields - and along the margins of creeks, rivers, ponds, and lakes.
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How about one more?

Click here to see Ohio photos from 2007