A Common Garter Snake (Thamnophis elegans) observed one June afternoon in Napa Co., CA. This snake was crawling along a stream that drains an ephemeral pond. The pond was full of metamorphosing Pacific Chorus Frogs, many of which hopped along the stream as they were leaving the pond. These frogs probably providing a meal for the garter snake.

There are numerous oaks and buckeyes growing along this small stream, and their canopies provided dappled shade and sun. When I first saw this garter snake, it was sitting partially in a spot of sunlight. It calmly posed for me while I snapped a few photos, and then slowly kept moving downstream away from me.

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All text and photographs Michael F. Benard
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