Hiking on Humpback Trail. Saw and heard more than one during our hike, and had the moment to catch this one on camera!
Found in a deciduous temperate forest in northeast Ohio
About 50 cm. in length.
My Grade 8 students were very excited to observe this beautiful animal up close. It did not take long to calm the animal and it seemed content to experience our human warmth on a cold morning.
The Common Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) is an indigenous North American snake found widely across the continent. Most garter snakes have a pattern of yellow stripes on a brown or green background and their average length is about 55 cm (22 in), with a maximum length of about 137 cm (54 in). The average body mass is 150 g (5.3 oz).