I keep forgetting to post this.  Apollo found  this fellow for me a couple weeks ago.  I have been assured that it really is a garter snake despite the lack of stripes.  Not sure I’ve seen one this strikingly marked before.


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  1. Ping from threecollie:

    Might have just shed its skin. Looks like a garter to me too.

    • Ping from Ruth:

      I took a look through the pictures of the snakes of upstate NY and figured it wasn’t likely to be anything else, but the markings caught me by surprise. Could be a recently shed skin, donno what the normal timing would be for that. Striking either way though.