Spotted This Guy... Michigan Upper Peninsula

This guy enjoyed some beach time with me today.

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Cute garter snake! It is a garter snake, isn’t it? It looks like it from this angle. can you tell what species/subspecies? looks like either some sort of aquatic, butler’s, northwest, or common garter. or maybe even a ribbon snake.

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To me it looks like a ribbon snake

They are closely related, but ribbon snakes don’t have the checkered pattern, and are much smaller.

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