Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)


A common garter snake, Thnmonphis sirtalis,
with a hitchhiking ladybug, Hippodamia convergens,
on its nose. This photo was taken in northeastern North Dakota.

Image: Justawriter.

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  1. #1 llewelly
    October 27, 2006

    Perhaps the garter snake is carrying a lunch.
    I’m nearly certain I’ve seen garter snakes eat ladybugs.

  2. #2 Mel
    October 27, 2006

    That’s one of those brilliant nature photos you just can’t set up.

  3. #3 Tabor
    October 28, 2006

    Maybe it’s a fashion statement?

  4. #4 GrrlScientist
    October 28, 2006

    or perhaps it’s seasonal; rudolph the red-nosed garter snake??

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