Lifer reptile! So happy to see an adult, so clearly! Peggy found it.
small snake, orange stripe mid dorsal, alternating black checks on both sides of orange, white side stripes
There were two of them together under a metal water tub.
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).