Sorry KingFfaj, if you knew what "scale row" meant, then you'd know there are definitive ways to identify a garter, regardless of geography.
Scale row in terms of garters is on what row counting from the ventrals the lateral stripe is on. It can differentiate from species to species.
To tell if it was a checkered, look at the neck, do you see a clear definited yellow crescent at the edge of the mouth?
Last edited by Katt; 10-01-03 at 01:55 PM..