We saw our first snake of the year!!
Can you spot it in the greenery?
Thankfully, it moved and stayed in a spot I could get better pictures of it. 😀 (There IS a red stripe along its sides; honest!)
Garter snakes are awesome to have around, because they eat insects, mice – even leeches. If you ever have the opportunity to visit Manitoba‘s famous Narcisse Snake Dens, either in May, when they first come out of hibernation, or September, when they return to the dens, I would highly recommend it. There are dens in Saskatchewan and Alberta, too, but none as extensive as in Narcisse. Sadly, people sometimes destroy the dens, thinking the snakes are some sort of pest, which they most certainly are not!
Judging from the size of this one, it might be a female. They are quite a bit bigger than the males.
I am so happy to see it, and I hope to see more!