I.D. please?

hostanistaMarch 10, 2014

hmmm...

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hippieindenial

Can't say I have this variety but it appears to be a Garter snake :)
Vanessa

    Bookmark   March 10, 2014 at 6:39PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

get a grip .. lol

ken

Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   March 10, 2014 at 6:39PM
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garyz6ohio

Plain old garter snake. Harmless, and they love to eat small frogs, slugs, grasshoppers etc. I have a couple that stay in my garden and I live in the middle of a small town.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2014 at 7:49PM
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don_in_colorado

Yup, a cute little Garter Snake. A friend of the garden. Like Gary said, harmless. They frequent my gardens every spring/summer as well. I'm not afraid of snakes, but they never fail to startle the hell outta me every year. : )

Don B.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2014 at 8:11PM
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don_in_colorado

Oh, the HOSTA? I dunno.

Don B.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2014 at 8:13PM
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donrawson(Z 5)

Or, are you wanting to ID the hosta???

    Bookmark   March 10, 2014 at 8:14PM
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hosta_freak(z6 NC)

The hosta could be Pearl Lake,the other is a garter snake. Phil

    Bookmark   March 10, 2014 at 8:19PM
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Bruce888

Garter snake? Is it harmful? Who can tell me how to make friends with it? ahaha...

    Bookmark   March 10, 2014 at 8:24PM
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esther_b

It looks to be an Eastern garter snake. Very common species, harmless to humans. They eat bugs, small fish, tadpoles, stuff like that. Good pest control. Must be getting warm up around where you live. They den up in great numbers over the winter. When it's spring, they come out of the den to seek food.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 1:21AM
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bernd ny zone5(5)

I saw one having a big bump in the middle, perhaps had eaten a mouse, thanked it for protecting my garden.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 10:32AM
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hostanista

Oh Esther, I only wish I could see one right now. No, this is a stock photo found on the internet. My snakes, if any, are still wearing their woollies and buried under 3 feet of snow.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 11:26AM
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esther_b

Hostanista,

I am actually glad NOT to be seeing any garter snakes. If you disturb them, they will musk all over you, shooting noxious smelling musky oil out of their cloaca onto you (or whoever disturbs them). There are enough stray cats to handle any rodentos around here. I just saw 2 beautiful solid deep grey cats in the courtyard down the street. They haven't been around here before. I think the poor things were dumped. Hope someone takes them in.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 11:22PM
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