It'll be a year for looking again.
When red-sided garter snakes emerge from winter hibernation to mate, they are cold. The first male snakes to arrive at the surface use the sun's heat to raise their body temperature. The next wave of snakes--also males--attract the warm males with a perfume that all snakes exude when exiting the den. Warm and cold males writhe around in mating balls, waiting for the appearance of the females who will also use the perfume to announce their presence.
Knowing that snakes aren’t all that popular, I didn’t actually paint these guys for my new year's card but for my series, Crime Against Nature. To learn more about it:
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