Snake at Uplands Park – August 2012

Markus, a young Oak Bay lad, spotted this snake at Uplands Park and sent along this photo. Thanks Markus. Can anyone ID this?
Margaret Lidkea adds: “This is our native Northwestern garter snake. They frequent Garry Oak Meadows and people’s gardens, eating slugs and worms. Kid’s often call them “garden snakes”. They have a variety of colours, and most have stripes. They release a stinky smell to say “go away”, and rarely bite.”

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