Thursday, October 20, 2011

What Am I?

Let's see if you can guess this animal that I saw during my hike last Saturday to Big Run in Shenandoah National Park. Scroll down slowly to uncover the clues.

Like you, I have a backbone.

I am cold blooded, unlike you.

I am a carnivore, 100%. Keep your nasty salad, give me a delicious, fat, wriggling earthworm!

I almost always only eat live prey, and I swallow it whole, alive, and struggling.

If you don't know a lot about me, you may fear me.

I have no legs at all, but can move around, swim, and even climb just fine without them.

Yell as loud as you like, but I cannot hear you.

I am not poisonous, but grab me, and I may bite you. I will certainly release an awful smelling (and tasting) musk.

I give birth to live young, but I am no mammal. You probably already figured that out, though.

I have a variety of color patterns to my skin, but I am most commonly thought of as having yellowish stripes.

Have you figured it out yet?I am a garter snake!


  1. I was thinking a snake just didn't know what kind.
    So many people are afraid of snakes. I used to be one of them but not anymore.

  2. Good guessing. I was trying to leave some clues (live birth as opposed to laying eggs, non-poisonous, swall prey whole as opposed to constricting) that would at least narrow it down a bit, but it still would be tough to get garter snake.