Natural History

Garter Snake

posted: 05/05/13
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GARTER SNAKE, Narcisse Wildlife Management Area, Manitoba, Canada | Photo Caption: Excerpted from North America | ARKive Animal Profiel: Common Garter Snake

In Manitoba, Canada, snow sticks around late into the year. But after six months underground, male garter snakes — impatient for spring — emerge to join a mass gathering. Thirty thousand males — the largest concentration of snakes on Earth — wait for their dates to arrive.

The larger females like to show up late, giving the boys a chance to warm up in the sun. Drenched in pheromones, they drive the males crazy. A hundred males wrap around each female, but only one will get to mate with her.

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