Rescued this from the road - it happily slithered into the greenery/ditch after I stopped to see if it was alive or squashed.
Location not exact, but this is the trail head that was used.
Caught this individual in some grass in a lush wooded area. It was released unharmed after taking this photo.
This was a great find. I found him under a rock where the fire was a couple months back. This was good news to me because I haven't been able to find anything under those rocks since the fire. I guess this guy is one of the rare individuals with 9 upper labials. Also, I guess you can distinguish them from the western terrestrials because these guys have black wedges on the labials. I'll put the link down below.
Anyway I released this guy and he went under a different rock from where I found him. I started hearing shuffling so fearing that he was endangered I flipped over the rock. It turns out he found a nice tasty meal.
At least three of these Garter Snakes were swimming among the rocks in the shallows of the river.
The western terrestrial garter snake (Thamnophis elegans) is a western North American species of colubrid snake. Seven subspecies are currently recognized.