Friday, May 02, 2008

Baby Buster

Last July I wrote about one of my cabin regulars, Buster the Garter Snake. He usually makes an annual appearance in May and hangs around until fall. This year, I would like to introduce you to Baby Buster. He showed up on the garden float this week. It's a little early, but things seem to be happening a little early this spring. I know it isn't Buster, because this snake is much smaller, hence the name "Baby Buster."

You can read more about garter snakes at my original post by clicking here. Having a garter snake living on the garden float is good for organic gardening. Mice like to nibble nice tender shoots. Buster helps us keep them out of the garden area. Garter snakes also like to eat frogs. That helps keep the non-native bullfrog invasion under some control.

Baby Buster is only about 50 centimetres (20 inches) long. He can grow up to about 1.5 metres (3.5 ft) long. His distinctive coloring is yellow stripes on a dark brown body. Always alert, his bright red forked tongue flicks out to monitor the surroundings. If disturbed, he slides through the cracks of the float to the shelter of the logs underneath. From there he can watch and listen for a quieter time to resurface and get back to soaking up the warm rays of spring sunshine. -- Margy


  1. Anonymous7:32 PM

    do you know what they eat?

  2. Other than the mice and frogs I mentioned in the article, I'm not sure. They do swim, so maybe other small swimming creatures like little fish. There is a link in the post for more information if you like. - Margy