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A thin snake emerged from a tree hole to bask for a few seconds in the afternoon and quickly slithered underneath a tree root. Agile and skittish. Some individuals of this species are semi-aquatic.
Seen in an old growth forest near the Ohanapecosh River in western Washington's Mount Rainier National Park. The trees in this forest are perhaps hundreds, or even 1000, years old.
Subspecies of the western terrestrial garter are very difficult to identify, especially without getting closer. I noticed that this snake had a smaller overall size and lateral red spots, which at least helped ID it to the species level.
Spotted on Jun 13, 2019
Submitted on Oct 5, 2019