Just About The Best Portrait Of A Garter Coast Patchnose* Snake I’ll Ever Take In The Wild

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I found this beauty coming down the Beaudry South trail from my latest ride in my beloved Verdugos this afternoon. It was the second garter that had shot across the trail before me into the protection of the brush. The first one made its escape over a berm, but this one got up against the hillside and really had nowhere to go, and so voila.

Here’s the timelapse vid:

*Local biologist Dan Cooper, whose horned lizard searches in Griffith Park were featured here on LAist, left me a note on Flickr tellig me it looked like a coast patchnose snake, and I’m not one to argue!

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with laonstage.com, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."