Wildlife – Snakes

Northern water snake eating fish whole, Snake Islands, Georgian Bay


A northern water snake consumes a fish whole, and headfirst, on the Snake Islands.

Intertwined northern water snakes, Bustard Islands, Georgian Bay

Double Double

Two northern water snakes keep a lookout next to a hibernaculum on the Bustard Islands.

Massasauga Rattlesnake, Massasauga Provincial Park, Georgian Bay

Massasauga Sniff

An endangered Massasauga rattlesnake sniffs the air, on a portage in Massasauga Provincial Park’s Spider Bay. ┬áThis was the largest Massasauga that I’ve ever seen, around one metre in length.

Northern water snake, Umbrella Islands, Georgian Bay


A northern water snake basks in the sun on the Umbrella Islands.

Coiled Massasauga Rattlesnake, Beausoleil Island, Georgian Bay

Baby’s Rattle

A Massasauga rattlesnake coils up on the aptly named Massasauga Trail on Beausoleil Island, displaying its six-segment rattle.

Garter Snake, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands. Photo by Sean Tamblyn.

The Lidless Eye

Underneath an early spring garter snake, lit like a spotlight from the sun filtering through tall grass. 5×7″ Print 8×10″ Print

Eastern Fox Snake, Sans Souci, Georgian Bay. Photo by Sean Tamblyn.

Foxy Lady

A closeup portrait of a beautiful eastern fox snake descending a rock face in the Sans Souci area. 5×7″ Print 8×12″ Print 12×18″ Print 16×24″ Print

Northern water snake, Outer Fox Islands, Georgian Bay. Photo by Sean Tamblyn.

Water Snake Eyes

A northern water snake rests after a meal on the Outer Fox Islands. 5×7″ Print 8×12″ Print 12×18″ Print 16×24″ Print

Eastern fox snake, Jones Island, Georgian Bay. Photo by Sean Tamblyn.

Surface Tension

An eastern fox snake floats perfectly reflected on the calm waters of a high-pressure system. 5×7″ Print 8×12″ Print 12×18″ Print 16×24″ Print