|~ Garter snake ~|
It's important to provide them with homes such as piles of garden waste or rock piles or even just a few pieces of old log lying in a quiet corner. This one I found under a pile of Astilbe cuttings that I tossed underneath the newly emerging leaves. The pile will eventually decompose, but it provides shelter for the snake while it moves through the open spaces of the lawn.
I introduced my ducks from last year to a small snake as I had read somewhere that ducks might eat snakes, but the ducks really had no clue what to do when I tossed them a snake. They checked it out but didn't bother to follow the snake when it slithered away.
I'm glad to see they are starting to emerge from their winter homes & warm themselves on the rocky areas around the property. It surely must be a sign of a healthy garden ecosystem.