Melanistic Garters

Melanistic and common garter snake, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Black & Tan

Common garter snakes, one melanistic, emerge from their hibernaculum in the early Spring. Click image to view larger.

Melanistic garter snake, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Melanistic Coils

An early melanistic garter snake suns itself on a brisk March day.

Melanistic Garter Snake, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Good Morning 2017

A melanistic garter snake emerges into the sunshine for the first time in 2017, after hibernating the winter away.


Melanistic garter snake, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Forked

A melanistic garter takes a sniff of the fresh springtime air.

Melanistic garter snake, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Eyes of Coal

A melanistic garter snake pokes its head up through the leaf litter, its jet-black eye reflecting the photographer and surroundings.

Melanistic garter snake, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Polar Reflections

The jet-black eye of a melanistic garter snake reflects the photographer and bystanders under a clear spring sky.


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