I've some very beautifully-pattered T. elegans here. This is one.
The third guy I found today and the second one I caught. These are very cool snakes. It was great to find 3 before they hibernate for the rest of the year.
The second one I found today. I was trying to get a picture of some pygmy blues when I heard a lot of rustling in the Russian thistle right next to me. I got tired of trying to get a picture of the butterflies and I was about to leave when I saw this guy underneath the thistle. Very cool to find another snake.
Found 3 of them today but only caught 2. This was the first. He was a juvenile. I also found him under the first rock I flipped.
Thamnophis elegrans vagrans. 12 found in this area in two days.
The western terrestrial garter snake (Thamnophis elegans) is a western North American species of colubrid snake. Seven subspecies are currently recognized.