A guy had caught this little cutie at the lookout area on Mt Davidson (I'm not a fan of handling wildlife).
This garter snake was observed next to a small pond. It was roughly 2 feet long. It was black with three yellow stripes (one along the top and two on each side).
This snake was caught at Double Pond. He stayed put and let us hold him for at least 10 minutes. His under side was very smooth and almost blue. The rest of his body was yellow and black. His tongue was black with red, and when he started getting used to us people more, he moved it less.
Snake about 30 inches long. Olive-brown with cream-colored stripe on back & on belly. Second smaller snake of same species seen nearby. Both snakes within 2 to 4 meters from stream.
This was a big 3+ft female.
One of many individuals observed at this locale. These snakes were feeding on stickleback fish.
The western terrestrial garter snake (Thamnophis elegans) is a western North American species of colubrid snake. Seven subspecies are currently recognized.