I debated about showing these pictures, but then I decided to go ahead. It's an opportunity to praise and share images of one of the most beautiful local snakes — a California Red-sided Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis infernalis).
The unfortunate part is that this was a road-killed animal. I'll be selective and I won't show you the entire snake. But I hope you can appreciate how handsome it was.
Although the blue of the belly scales was much brighter in person, I think you'll be able to see the keels on the scales in the following close-ups:
Perhaps this snake will serve as a reminder to all of us to slow down and always watch for wildlife.
To learn more about California Red-sided Garter Snakes, check the California Herps web page.