This isn’t a very good photo, but it serves as a record of the first snake of 2018 in the garden. As I was pruning the roses on January 28, I disturbed this eastern worm snake (Carphophis amoenus amoenus) in the leaf litter. I was surprised to find it at the surface so early in the year, particularly when there had been a foot of snow on the ground just ten days earlier.
Judging by the frequency with which I uncover them while digging, worm snakes are probably the most common snake species in the garden. More details here.