This little guy was moving very slowly this morning, as fall-like air has finally arrived here on the Delaware coast. It fooled me a little as I took this photograph, with the darker scales next to its eyes it distracted me for a moment from where its actual eyes are. The second photo, cropped in more tightly, better shows that feature. I think this is a common garter snake although its specific color pattern doesn’t precisely match what I see in field guides. If I am wrong in that identification please correct me. In any event I was pleased to see it and have a chance to get my camera for a portrait session.