Who's my reptile visitor to our veg. garden?

Asked May 30, 2019, 11:15 AM EDT

Two accompanying photos show a snake sunning itself in our veg. garden, and discovered by my wife while watering there. It was not a pit viper, had rounded pupils, a muted color scheme as the photos show, no rattles or hood. Snakes can do excellent duty as garden helpers in controlling rodents, etc., so I'll welcome this visitor. My guess is it's a garter snake or a ribbon snake, but I'm no herpetologist. I'd be grateful for your expertise in identifying my visitor. Thanks.

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

The photos you sent show a wolf spider. The spider is not poisonous and beneficial. It is a good predator and feeds on many pest insects.

Please send us photos of the snake that you mentioned.