in the process of eating a mouse so I didn't want to disturb it too much
Heard some rumors that this Garter snake has disappeared or is extremely rare in this area, compared to years past.. I have seen
a number of theses snakes in different areas up in the past few years, with
VERY minimal effort.. (see other HERP records).
I will continue to work the area, when I visit some of my big bear clients..
At quick glance they seem to be doing well to me, but I will continue my efforts..
This one was found in the downtown area in a quick 10 minute search
Wandering subspecies; Farmington Bay WMA
Thamnophis elegans terrestris
Appears to be eating a slug , perhaps a Banana Slug ( which are this color here ) .
The western terrestrial garter snake (Thamnophis elegans) is a western North American species of colubrid snake. Seven subspecies are currently recognized.