This bad looking boy just isn't so bad as it looks. This is a garter
snake -- a California Red Garter Snake. With those markings it almost
looks like someone crocheted it!

 California Red Garter Snake (Image via I F***ing Love ScienceCalifornia Red Garter Snake (Image via I F***ing Love Science

While garter snakes were long thought to be non-venomous, it turns out that they do emit a mild neurotoxin While it is not lethal to humans, it can produce a reaction of mild discomfort in humans.

Image via I F***ing Love Science

Additional information via Wikipedia

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