After the excitement of the Boundary Bay hibernaculum, I looked out a few photos I have taken of B.C. snakes in the past. This first one is, I am pretty sure, the Common Garter Snake:
The next two photos show a snake that was getting ready to hibernate last fall. It was really taking its time to cross the dyke at Boundary Bay and did not show any agitation when approached closely and photographed in full detail. Despite that, I am not quite sure of the species, so would appreciate any ideas. I think it is a Common Garter Snake, but a darker coloured one than the one above.
I took these two photos of a Rattlesnake in the South Okanagan, a couple of years ago, while counting birds for the BC Breeding Bird Atlas. It was very well-camouflaged in the grass at the base of a rock. I nearly didn’t see it when sitting down on an adjacent rock. There is its rattle at the end of the tail, on the top photo.