garter snake - thamnophis elegans

A harmless Garter snake resting near the river (Thamnophis sp.­).­

If you can identify the exact specie of Garter snake, please post a comment or email me.

Most likely a subspecies of Western Terrestrial Garter Snake (Thamnophis elegans).­

For more information about this species, read en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Garter_­snake and en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Thamnophis_­elegans

Photo taken during a 3-day trek on the Pine Ridge trail to the Sykes Hot Springs in the Vantana Wilderness, near Big Sur (California)

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Unnamed Rd, Los Padres National Forest, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA

Photos of a 3 day, 20 Mile (32 Km) trek on the Pine Ridge Trail to the Sykes Hot Springs, in the Vantana Wilderness near Big Sur (California).­

I did this trek with my friend Sharon.­