It is a mild mannered, non-venomous snake that rarely bites, whose diet consists mainly of frogs, toads and their tadpoles. Which makes sense where we discovered him. It wasn't in my garden, but up against the house where there is moisture from a hose I use all the time and where I've seen lots of little toads milling about. There are also a lot of rocks in that area which I guess provides for great coverage.
We were so pleased to see this little guy this morning. He wasn't very big, about 15-18 inches but he sure was pretty. As we watched him, he made his way alongside the house and disappeared between the hose and the rock. Such a neat way to begin the day :)