The spring migration of the red sided garter snake.
Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis.

It is the largest concentration of snakes in the world.  Every springtime in Narcisse, in the Canadian province of Manitoba, tens of thousands of them burst out of holes in the rocks where they have been hibernating. 

The first thing you notice, at the end of a rocky path, is the noise. A faint rustling, a slithering sound from under the dead leaves, becomes clearer and clearer.   (image by Olivier Blaise)
The spring migration of the red sided garter snake. Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis. It is the largest concentration of snakes in the world. Every springtime in Narcisse, in the Canadian province of Manitoba, tens of thousands of them burst out of holes in the rocks where they have been hibernating. The first thing you notice, at the end of a rocky path, is the noise. A faint rustling, a slithering sound from under the dead leaves, becomes clearer and clearer.
©Olivier Blaise
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