Woman Holding a Garter Snake

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Woman Holding a Garter Snake

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Sharon is holding a harmless Garter snake found near the river.

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

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

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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Photo taken on May 17, 2012
Unnamed Road, Los Padres National Forest, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
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