Thamnophis ordinoides — Northwestern Gartersnake
This shy snake was reluctant to leave the shadows. When it saw me futzing with my camera it would slither off in haste, but a few moments later it would be back in some mostly-concealed position. Due to the craptacular nature of the photo, I'm not completely certain which gartersnake species this is, but T. ordinoides is my best guess.
On a chilly late Fall afternoon, I was pleasantly surprised to find this handsome gartersnake active in the scrub just above the beach. It's a common enough species where it lives, but as I'm not where it lives very often I felt lucky to see one when the thermometer read merely 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
This li'l baby snake helps to illustrate the wide range of patterns and colors in this species.
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