Common Garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis)

common garter snake
   The garter snake is a common, non-poisonous, North American snake. It is seldom more than 3 feet long and usually has a light-colored stripe along the center of its back and a darker stripe along each side. It is found almost everywhere in fields and grassy places and along streams. It lives largely on frogs, toads, and fish. The garter snake is viviparous, that is, it gives birth to living young instead of laying eggs as most snakes do. The young snakes are born in the summer, one snake sometimes producing as many as 50 little ones.