Garter snake warming in the sun
My guess is that this is a large garter snake, but I'm not certain. The Sandhill Crane was definitely interested, but didn't go after it.
This garter snake was travelling through a meadow just 50 feet from a pond and held still while I took its picture.
snake attacked by hornets
elevation 8200 ft.
The western terrestrial garter snake (Thamnophis elegans) is a western North American species of colubrid snake. Seven subspecies are currently recognized.