During a wade on the Fox today I happened upon a log jam that was adorned with frisky northern water snakes. The biggest ones were wary of me and slithered into the water. The smaller ones were very curious and in a mating frenzy. They were either males looking for their female (who slipped into the water on my approach), or vice versa. They flicked their tongues and slithered all over the log pile looking for each other. At one point I counted six on the logs and two in the water. They came right up to me. The ones in the pics are around 2' long. The larger ones I saw were twice as thick and about 3' long. Their color intensities varied but they looked beautiful when they came out of the water and glistened in the afternoon sun.