Mountain Gartersnake - Thamnophis Elegans (California)

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Mountain Gartersnake - Thamnophis Elegans (California)

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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).

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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)

Date & GPS location
Photo taken on May 17, 2012
Unnamed Rd, Los Padres National Forest, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
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