Advertisement I had the good fortune to spend a couple of weeks in Winnipeg. Fortunately, I happened to be there during the time of the garter snake matings at the Narcisse Snake Pits which is a couple hours drive from the Peg. I have wanted to see the garter snake mating balls since seeing the photos in National Geographic as a kid. I was thwarted the week before by record May snowfalls in the area. Last week was much better and I made it out to the pits at about 8pm in the eveing. It was still fairly cold so the snakes were congregated in masses on the bottom of the pits. A few were out cruising around on the side of the pits. If I could have caught them during midday I might have been able to take more action photos. As it was the pictures of the pits did not come out so great. The snakes were too far away for my cheesy digital camera to capture. Here are a couple of pictures that didn't come out too bad. The first picture is of some snakes at snake pit number two. If you ever have a chance to see the pits, GO. It was cool as hell. I couldn't stop smiling the entire drive back to Winnipeg.