Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

Western terrestrial garter snake

Thamnophis elegans


medium sized striped snake


under some storm felled limbs I was moving

Species ID Suggestions

Sign in to suggest organism ID


KarenSaxton 9 years ago

Thank you!

LisaPowers 9 years ago

Thanks Karen for sharing this spotting and your terrific observations and story! It is good to know others appreciate these little beauties!

KarenSaxton 9 years ago

I love them. At least aside from their defense of dropping stinky fecal matter! My son was 3-ish when he first discovered they do bite as he was holding one in front of his face and yelling, "Mom!" I told him to put it down(I was thinking of the joy of washing stink off a toddler) and it bit him on the bridge of his nose! Scared him more than anything(not enough that he quit catching garter snakes, though!

Hema 9 years ago

great info about them getting chilled.

KarenSaxton 9 years ago

What is so brave? Completely harmless species and this one was chilled from the early am temps. I picked it up and moved it from the lawn so we could mow

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

very brave, Karen !

Spotted by

Coquille, Oregon, USA

Spotted on May 8, 2012
Submitted on May 17, 2012

Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors

Join the Project Noah Team Join Project Noah Team