Yes, it LOOKS like a Checkered Garter, but checkereds are NOT found in FL!!! Checkereds are found in TX, Mexico and a few areas in the surrounding south west United States, it's not a checkered. Localitys of the Common Garter more specificaly the Eastern locality look like this and they ARE found in FL. So unless it was brought from the west and dropped in his yard in Florida, it can't be. This rant ends...
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