Eastern Garter Snake
Menantico Ponds Wildlife Management Area
Millville, Cumberland County, New Jersey
7 June 2001 - digital photo: Bob Barber

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Wow!...I have never seen this color variant before! The books mention a brown variant, but this looks more like red than brown. The nose was as bright red as the tongue, and the chin and throat were orange. I didn't see the the color of the underparts, and it was too fast for me to catch. When I first glimpsed the movement and saw the color, I thought I had my first NJ Corn Snake (except captives). This beautiful Garter made the disappointment slight.