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Old 07-11-19, 10:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Garter snake "in the field"

Finally caught this garter snake that I've seen a few times around my parents' house. I caught it in their garden - which I suppose could be a literal "field." It was fun to check out this big guy and then send him on his merry way. My kids like checking him out, but my sister - not so much.

I'm guessing it's a Thamnophis elegans, but if you have a better idea of what species it is, please let me know. Found in Utah, by the way.

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Old 07-13-19, 01:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Garter snake "in the field"

Nice find! Yep! Thamnophis elegans also commonly known as the " wandering garter snake". Has cousins also Thamnophis elegans vagrans aka "western terrestrial garter". Looks like this one is a larger female which is evidenced by the contour and tapering of the tail, proportional head size and overall body girth.
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