Almost stepped on him when I was coming back from a puddle of water in a dry swamp. Word f advice, don't pick one up while you are camping and you did not bring soap. My hands stank until we went to a stream.
Photo by Tony "Hawk".
"I believe this is a coast garter snake. The location was on the coastal prarie trail at Harmony Headlands State Park; close to a seasonal pond. He was 12-15 inches long." - Clare MK
Observation and photo by Clare MK.
Black dorsal side with 3 yellow stripes, found in leaf litter in oak woodland by dried up stream, 1 3/4 feet long
The western terrestrial garter snake (Thamnophis elegans) is a western North American species of colubrid snake. Seven subspecies are currently recognized.