Black dorsal side with 3 yellow stripes, found in leaf litter in oak woodland by dried up stream, 1 3/4 feet long
First observed from within the Fish House swimming in the water. Photographed as it exited the water on opposite bank.
This snake had a wad of sticky slime in its mouth and a bunch of pine needles. Some other animal's defense mechanism, perhaps?
Found along the shorline of Rim Lake.
The western terrestrial garter snake (Thamnophis elegans) is a western North American species of colubrid snake. Seven subspecies are currently recognized.