What kind of snake is this?

Asked June 15, 2019, 2:48 PM EDT

Do you know what kind of snake this is? I have seen many this spring in lawns and pastures where I live. It seems there are several types of striped snakes in Michigan and I am not sure how to tell what this kind is.

Kalamazoo County Michigan

1 Response

According to our snake expert, Jim Harding, this photo shows a nice, robust Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis s. sirtalis). Hope this helps. Thanks for using Ask an Expert!