The Puff Adder aka Eastern Hognose Snake

Eastern Hognose Snake, photo by Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Of the approximately 2400 species of snakes in the world, Michigan has just 17. The State of Michigan’s page on the Eastern Hog-nosed Snake (Heterodon platirhinos) says (in part): Description: A thick-bodied, slow-moving snake with a flattened, upturned “nose.” Color is variable some have dark spots…

Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus catenatus)

Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake, photo by Jonathan Schechter/Earth’s Almanac In Season of the Massasauga Rattler!, Jonathan Schechter writes that the massasauga  likes our sun-soaked trails in the waning days of summer and early autumn, so you may catch a glimpse of one if you’re out and about in Lower Michigan. The Michigan DNR page on the Eastern Massasauga…

Northern Water Snake

Northern Water Snake, photo by Brian Laskowski The Michigan Department of Natural Resources page on the Northern Water Snake says: Description: A water snake with dark bands or blotches on a light brown or gray background color. Some old adults may appear solid black or brown. The belly is white with reddish half moon shaped markings;…

Eastern Hog-nose Snake

Eastern Hog Nose Snake 2, photo by ShaneWyatt. The Michigan DNR page on the Eastern Hog-nosed Snake (Heterodon platirhinos) says this is a: A thick-bodied, slow-moving snake with a flattened, upturned “nose.” Color is variable some have dark spots and blotches on a yellow, orange, or brown background, but other specimens are solid black, brown,…

Michigan’s Rattler: the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake

Bothered, photo by Aaron Fortin. Aaron writes that he spent an entire summer tracking 18 of these snakes around the park and watching their habits and where they went throughout the season. Lots of fun trekking through swamps, up hills, through shrubbery, etc. You can see more of his rattlesnake photos (slideshow) including a great…

Garter Snake

Garter Snake, photo by Alanna St. Laurent Photography The Michigan DNR’s page on the Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) says that the Eastern Garter is Michigan’s most common snake, inhabiting both peninsulas and even urban areas. Wikipedia notes that they are often mistakenly called garden snakes or gardener snakes and the UM Animal Diversity Web…

Ice is Nice at the Menominee Light Lighthouse

Ice is Nice, photo by cohodas208c I’ll never miss a chance to tout Terry Pepper’s Seeing the Light as one of the premier resources for information about Michigan’s lighthouses, as well as others on the Great Lakes. He packs them full of the history including the political maneuverings and economic reasons for lighthouse development and closure…

Michigan in Petoskey stones in the Final 20 for ArtPrize 7

michigan petoskey stone, photo by Jacob Vanderheyden The ArtPrize Seven Final 20 has been announced with 3 of the top entries from 2013 once again in the running. Click the link to see them all, incuding this one: michigan petoskey stone by Randall Libby from Manistee. It’s on display at the DeVos Center – here’s the scoop: WORLDS…

Spend World Turtle Day with Common Map Turtles

Northern Map Turtles, photo by Nick Scobel May 23rd is World Turtle Day and Michigan is home to 10 native turtle species. I’ve now profiled 7 (most with Nick’s awesome photography), and you can get the full list at one of the most popular posts on Michigan in Pictures: Know Your Michigan Turtles. Graptemys geographica (Common…