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    Reptiles and amphibians of Manitoba

    Summertime is herpetology time for me! Even though we have only a few species here, each find is special.

    MB has 9 species of frog and toad, 2 salamanders, 2 turtles, 1 lizard and 5-6 snakes (it's much debated whether the prairie rattlesnake is a permanent resident or wanders in from nearby Saskatchewan).

    So, establishing that, here's some garter snakes! Manitoba is home to the Narcisse snake pits, which is the largest gathering of reptiles in the world (much-used in bbc documentaries).

    These are the larger of our two garter snake species, the red-sided garter snake:
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    Usually being found near water bodies, they feed heavily upon frogs, toads and salamanders, fish and insects.
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    These are my best picture of snakes, they're hard to work with, though unlike birds you can control them if you can catch them!

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    I don't see too many snakes out here. We do have a variety, I just don't see them much, I used to see more when I lived in northern California, we would get rattlers and garters more frequently out there in my experience at least.
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    Just depends on habitat. We have a lot of water out in MB (most lakes in Canada I believe), so I've seen pretty much all the Herps we have here, save for the non-garter snake species. Most of our reptiles and amphibians inhabit waterways.

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    Nice shots!
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    Reptiles and amphibians of Manitoba

    Thanks! These were all taken with my Canon T4i, except the middle one, taken with my Olympus. I'm surprised how nice they turned out, considering the fidgetyness of the snakes.

    Speaking of reptiles in Manitoba, I just recently became the only person in Manitoba to own one of these: ImageUploadedByTapatalk1390101180.529394.jpg
    This is my male Sarasins Gecko, rare species in the hobby. Such a mellow lizard.

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    wow, that gecko is very interesting looking.
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    He is, he's so cool, big sucker too! Definitely my favourite animal in my collection.

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    Haha nice. Mellow you mean yellow.
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    Both :P cool lizard to work with though, much different than anything I've had before

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