I was doing some cleanup around the woodpile and getting rid of some worn holey tarps when I found a few garter snakes hiding inside them. Most of the large ones just slithered away but this one small guy decided to challenge me. I missed the shots of him snapping at me with open jaw but this candid glamor shot was share worthy.
Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis is the Massachusetts state reptile. He was quite bold and seemed fearless unlike most garters. The are part of nature’s balance and eat a diverse array of small creatures…worms, insects, small birds even, as well as other snakes.
Shot with my iPhone 11 Pro as I don’t carry much else while doing yard work.