Went for a bike ride on Friday and saw my first snake of the year. It was about a 3' garter snake that looked a lot like this photo I took from the internet. Shocked me for a second as it crossed the bike path in front of me and then headed up the embankment towards some homes. It was on a ride along the Santa Ana River bike train out of Riverside. I stopped and watched it for a moment and made sure it didn't have a rattle on its tail. Welcome to Spring!!