I went back to a place we found an injured baby Queen Snake and found this gorgeous Queen Snake under a rock. This absolutely made my day! A park ranger stopped just as I was discovering it and he even gave me permission to handle the snake, as it was his first time seeing one. These snakes are considered an endangered species in Pennsylvania so to find two of them in this particular area is very good news.
This is the second time I've observed this same snake. He was in the exact same place he was last week when me and my son found him. He has very distinct colors and size. I am happy to know that this is a permanent home for him and that he's not passing through. The only problem is that his habitat is directly alongside a busy road. Today I actually picked him up and handled him for a while, he seems old and his skin was rough. He eventually bit my arm as if to say he had enough of me. When I came back through this area he was back on the same rock as before.
I want to make sure this is not a Shorthead Garter Snake though. Does anybody have an idea if it could be a Short Head Garter Snake?
Saw about 3 different specimens today here. Very prolific in this area.