This lovely was sunning herself (I'm going with "her") on our patio step, all stretched out and using the heat to help digest whatever she ate. She's big for a garter snake - about two and a half feet. That's a pretty big bulge and there's a funny lump on the bottom - maybe a hind foot? Snakes eat things head first so I'm not sure what prey would leave a bump showing. I couldn't see if there was a matching bump on the other side.
I love the spandex aspect of her skin and it shows off some pretty, hidden colors. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Fourth of July - boy, I've wished I had this ability! ;-)
Her eye is a beautiful copper color. For a snake that looks kind of dull at first glance she teaches a great lesson about looking more closely to see the loveliness in ordinary things. The good Lord put beauty in every creation.....if you look.
I sure wish I could speak Parseltongue.