"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
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.