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mountain garter snake - thamnophis elegans elegans

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

Looks like a Mountain gartersnake (Thamnophis elegans elegans), a subspecies of Western Terrestrial Garter Snake (Thamnophis elegans).­

If you can confirm the identification of this Garter snake, please post a comment or email me.

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)

Unnamed Rd, Los Padres National Forest, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
Pine Ridge Trail 34 photos

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.­