After catching the plains garter I headed out towards the ponds to the hot spot where I found 15 garters last year. The city has cleaned up the spot so not as much garbage, boards, rocks, etc but still some stuff to flip. After searching for a while with no luck I came upon a mud flap and underneath were 2 eastern garters possibly male and female. I took a few pics of them and let one of them go that was deep in shed and kept the other one to bring home to show everyone and take more pics. Did not find anymore garters despite a lot of looking and flipping multiple days and even at different times, but at least there are still some there despite being cleaned up and leveled.
Flipped this nice eastern garter snake under a piece of limestone in a quarry in SE Rocheter. This is one of a handful I found while back visiting MN, this is the best looking one based on the really nice red coloration on the sides.
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).