Snake in the Grass

This past weekend my younger son spotted this snake in my neighbor’s front yard.  It wasn’t too warm out and the snake seemed to have a hard time racing away, so I was able to get a couple of closeup photos.

See the red stripe on its back?  This is most likely a Northwestern Garter Snake since most other garter snakes in our area have a yellow back stripe.  If you’ve read my previous snake posts, you already know that I love these snakes because they eat slugs and, as a result, probably help save some of my plants from being eaten.

Plus, they look very cool.

See the nostril near the front of the snake?  Snakes use their tongues to smell, so their nostrils are only used for breathing.

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