Photo of the Week – May 16, 2014

I don’t set these things up, I just take the picture.  I have no idea what this snake was doing, or why.  I just think it’s a funny photo.  Enjoy your weekend!

Plains garter snake.  Hamilton County, Nebraska.

Plains garter snake. Hamilton County, Nebraska.



About Chris Helzer

Chris Helzer is the Director of Science for The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska. His main role is to evaluate and capture lessons from the Conservancy’s land management and restoration work and then share those lessons with other landowners – both private and public. In addition, Chris works to raise awareness about the importance of prairies and their conservation through his writing, photography, and presentations to various groups. Chris is also the author of "The Ecology and Management of Prairies in the Central United States", published by the University of Iowa Press. He lives in Aurora, Nebraska with his wife Kim and their children.
This entry was posted in Prairie Animals, Prairie Photography and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

5 Responses to Photo of the Week – May 16, 2014

  1. snake is smelling you. All prairie ecologists have a distinct smell about them, correct?

    • Chris Helzer says:

      Thanks Larkin. I know the tongue sticking out is a smelling thing, but the mouth shape?? And yes, prairie ecologists do tend to have a certain scent. A pleasant mixture of prairie smoke, wild rose, and cow manure…

  2. anastaciast says:


  3. Nadine Cano says:

    It looks like he is a right-sided tongue sniffer…Just checking you out…


Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.