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!