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Science North – Creatures 3

Science North -  Garter Snake fr

Other creatures to be found at  Sudbury’s Science North include reptiles and amphibians. Included in this post are images of the common garter snake, a melanistic garter snake, a Mississauga Rattler as well as  a frog & turtle.

Science North - Melanistic Garter Snake 1fr

Melanism is the opposite of albinism. Instead of lacking pigment there is an over abundance of dark pigment melanin.


Science North - Melanistic Garter Snake  2 MT


Science North - Melanistic Garter Snake 3 Mt

The Mississauga Rattler is found in Ontario. It is considered threatened under Ontario’s Endangered Species List.

Science North - Massasauga Rattlesnake frm


Science North - Massasauga Rattlesnake 2 MTt


Science North - Frog 1frr

Frogs are amphibians. They lay their eggs in the water and they go through a metamorphosis from gill breathing  young to air breathing adults with lungs. Turtles are reptiles.


Science North - Turtle1 Mt


4 responses

  1. Now, Joseph, if it isn’t eyeballs, it’s snake eyeballs! Chuckle. That thing may be endangered, but it would be dead if I saw it in my garden. I have a cool grass snake, however. He is frightened out of his wits when he sees me walk past him! 🙂

    May 23, 2014 at 12:17 am

    • elmediat

      They are actually quite rare in this povince. You get odd reports now and then of people encountering them in unexpected situations. A while back some young snakes showed up on a golf course in a community near us. Adds new meaning to hazards on the golf course. 😀

      May 24, 2014 at 11:22 am

  2. I’ll let you be in charge of all the slimy creepy crawlies. Yuck!

    May 27, 2014 at 11:26 am

    • elmediat

      Actually the amphibians are the ones more likely to be slimy. The reptiles may get wet, but they are not slimy. Not that makes much difference to many people. 😀

      May 27, 2014 at 4:43 pm

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