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Infernalis faceshot by michael-ray Infernalis faceshot by michael-ray
Another shot of a snake I posted last year. Thamnophis sirtalis infernalis. California Redsided garter.
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AgentVenus Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Digital Artist
I was looking through the prints today and saw this and I was thinking "Is that what I think it is?" because we have garter snakes around here too. Sadly, Pennsylvanian garter snakes are black, brown and tan. You get the pretty white and red ones.

BTW I took a picture of a garter snake today. It was sitting on a flower. Meow :3 
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LeereMorgue Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, it looks pissed, like it.
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Ken-Ichijoji Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Too pretty,to eat that young manLove 
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Perturabo93 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014
How cute! =3 She has amazing colors.
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GlitterGuns Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Hi, I hope it's okay, i thought  this  picture was amazing and I use it as reference for my Illustration glitterguns.deviantart.com/art…
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IAmDjVT Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
So pretty! I wish we had those in Vermont.
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michael-ray Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
There are some pretty red Eastern Garters in the NE...
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skrillexzombie Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing colors.
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michael-ray Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yep!
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theJazza Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
That's a beautiful snake
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:iconmichael-ray:
michael-ray Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
They sure are.
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CrypticPython Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the colours and love the composition!
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michael-ray Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot!
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Edris-Kingfisher Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is one purdy snake. I was hooked by the pose.
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michael-ray Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks
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Colourful-Chameleon Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
Garter snakes are beautiful 8D
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Some of my favorites to work with!
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Stapey Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
Beautiful colours!
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:iconmichael-ray:
michael-ray Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yep. One of my favorite snakes to work with.
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Stapey Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
They are lovely to photograph when they are cooprative :P some beautiful photos on your website too. I'll ahve to keep an eye on you to see if you photograph a Mexican black king.
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I spent a couple nights looking for MBK's in Arizona a few months ago but their range in the US (for pure individuals and not intergrades) is very small (less than 100 square miles). I doubt I'll be spending any time on them this year, but next year I believe I'll be spending more time in Arizona as well as a trip herping in Mexico for a week or two.
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Stapey Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
I haven't seen any photos of wild intergrades, seen many in the pet trade being sold as MBK though although sadly. Good luck with that though, I love to be able to do what you do.
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Most, if not all of the MBK's you'll see in the pet trade are pure from Mexico stock, years ago. They're a pretty commonly bred snake here. In the US, they intergrade with Desert kings in a very small section of southeast Arizona, but I believe in northern Mexico they have a larger intergrade zone with California kings further west.

I love doing what I do. I spend a lot of time and put a lottt of work into it though. Haha. You're able to find two of the snakes I want to find most in your area though!
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Stapey Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
The ones in English pet trade are 50% of the time a mix. You see a lot of snakes labelled MBK, but they have a few very fine creamy speckles all over or/and their belly's have a lot of cream to them, they are still very beautiful though just mislabelled! Surprises me to hear they intergrade more with Calis than deserts though, for some reason I thought it would be the other way round!

I have never seen an adder, I keep my eye out for them as there are groups of them in the spring/summer that mate near dog walking paths. I have manages to see our grass snake though, swimming down rivers a few times they are so beautiful! I'd love to be able to see a lot of the snakes that are in the pet trade in their natural environment though. The closest I can get is my pets and fake plants lol.
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
As far as thier intergrades go in Mexico, I'm not 100% on which they have a larger intergrade zone with, BUT the CA's range from california into eastern arizona and from CA south quite a ways into mexico where as deserts don't really range into mexico much. Even pure MBK's will sometimes have some white speckling though. They're not always 100% black.

I've worked with a lot of Natricine species (mostly Nerodia and Thamnophis genera over here) so naturally Natrix (which is what your grass snakes are a member of) are of large interest to me, especially because of how similar they are to Thamnophis and Nerodia, depending on the species. Adders and other species of the Vipera genus are one of my biggest targets though, and I'm planning on doing a big Europe trip for multiple species in the next year or two. Plus I have a friend in Brighton that's been bugging me forever to come visit him. Hahahaha
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BANGDK Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The colours is just beautiful!
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
They're one of my favorite snakes for sure. They're one of the few that never get old no matter how many I find in a year.
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BANGDK Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand that :nod: Do you know what these snakes are called?
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You mean common name? They're California redsided garter snakes. They're really common in some spots in northern California, but some of the better looking snakes come from some less known, harder to access "secret" locales.
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BANGDK Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright, thanks!
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Anytime.
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ShockWaveX2 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
Very beautiful coloration of scales! :love::love:
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Yup. This is from one of the less colorful populations I know of, too. haha
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ShockWaveX2 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
:D
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DancingInTwilight Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Student General Artist
pretty, in texas we just have those gardeners thatlook like a road :I
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You guys actually have 5 or 6 species of garters, including some of my favorites: eastern and western blacknecks, checkereds, and Plains.
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metalheart1987 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
fantastic shot :)
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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BlueSolitaire Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Now that's a snazzy snake. Much more colorful than our duller-colored (heh that rhymed!) garters here in Maine. :)
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Yup. California has the best garters, in my opinion...
Your Easterns up in Maine don't have nearly the variety that ours do back home. There is a big variety in easterns throughout the eastern US, but they still don't hold a torch CA's. Where I live now, however, we have the same ones as you guys.
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shastasnow Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice pick
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks.
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shastasnow Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem :D
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
The detail on this one is incredible! :love:
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
They're one of my favorite native snakes.
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
And beautiful to boot! :love:
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fromidam Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
This is a gorgeous snake. I've never seen a garter snake like this, but it is definitely my favorite type now!
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! They're one of my favorite snakes, and definitely my favorite garter!
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MinionofSloth Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
oooo... pretty! I actually am on a waiting list for two captive bred babies of the neon blue variety of this species (they have blue stripes instead of white).
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh nice. Do you know who the breeder is? I used to work with neons and I'm one of the few that herp the main locality where they're from. I have pics of some on one of my old harddrives and on film that I need to scan one of these days.
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