Northern Water Snakes in Waukesha County Wisconsin on July 10, 2020

On one of my birding stops today I was stunned when I looked down and saw a 4 foot plus long Northern Water Snake. I counted 5 different ones, they all were very big at 4 feet plus in length. It was actually pretty cool to see them. They sit very still and wait for a frog or fish to come by for something to eat, I think that is what was going on when I saw them. They eat other things too. Even though this species is not venomous, they are considered an aggressive species and will bite if handled. No major birds to report. The snakes were very exciting, it made my day. The morning started out very pleasant with a nice breeze from the northwest. It was sun and clouds mixed. Images were taken on July 10, 2020.

The Northern Water Snake laying there very still…

The Northern Water Snake just sitting motionless probably waiting for something to come by to eat…

Snapping Turtle at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on June 8, 2018

While strolling through Greenfield Park today I had the opportunity to watch from a distance a Snapping Turtle finishing up laying eggs, then a walk to pond nearby. I gave it plenty of space letting it do it’s thing staying 15- 20 feet away not to disturb it. Images were taken on June 8, 2018.

Snapping Turtle, Chelydra serpentina

Burying the last of the eggs…

The walk to the pond…

The tail…

Those claws…