Last updated: January 06. 2014 7:59PM -
By - tvenesky@civitasmedia.com

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What better way to think of warmer times than a couple of photos of cold-blooded herps?

Lindsay Okuniewski took this photo of a large, black-phase timber rattlesnake last September while hiking the Pine Creek Trail in the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. No doubt this snake is burrowed well underground, waiting waiting out the bitter cold winter months.

Same thing with this Eastern box turtle that was photographed by Mary Gilligan in her backyard in Dallas Township last August. Gilligan said she carefully snuck up to the turtle and snapped a few photos before it ducked its head in its shell, ending the photo op. Gilligan gets a wide variety of visitors to her backyard, including bear, deer, fox, turkeys and a bobcat.

With single-digit temperatures and a blanket of snow on the ground, it’s nice to see a couple of creatures that are reminders of the warmer days to come.

Capture anything interesting on your handheld or trail camera? A nice buck, bear, coyote or any other wildlife? We’d love to see it. Each week, we’ll run photos from a reader’s trail camera on the Sunday Outdoors page. Email your photo, along with date and area it was taken (township is fine), and any other details to tvenesky@timesleader.com.

— Tom Venesky

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