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Re: Connecticut Snake ID
: This snake was in my yard and I am having
: a hard time trying to identify it. It
: doesn't seen to fit the descriptions of
: what I have found online. Could someone
: please help with an ID.
: Thanks, Robin
Wow, that one was hard to get Flicker to render. It is an Eastern Gaarter Snake. Unfortunately, they don't fall into any of the common descriptions, and every one can look different. The keels on the scales, the black tongue with the red stripe, shape of the head, all tell me it is a Garter. Harmless, and eats slugs and worms and caterpillars.
The Appalachian Naturalist