Snake identification

Asked May 30, 2019, 3:05 PM EDT

The two accompanying photos show a snake taking its ease in my veg. garden this morning 5/30/2019. It has round pupils, no pits, no hood, no rattles, but has a gradually tapering body. The color scheme is somewhat subdued, but resembles a garter snake. I'd estimate its overall length at a bit over 2 feet long. I'm assuming it's a benevolent species to have in gardens (for rodent and other critter control), but I'm no herpetologist, so I'm relying on your expertise to identify my visitor. Sorry about sending the wrong photos of spiders earlier. Thanks for your help.

Montgomery County Maryland wildlife snake identification

1 Response

You were on the correct track. This is a garter snake -- non-venomous and harmless.
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/snakes

Christa