National Geographic : 1954 Sep
© National Geographic Society 4 Harmless Prowlers Help Rid Your Garden of Insects Among the commonest of eastern snakes, these visitors to suburban lawns and gardens vie for the same mouth ful: a katydid. Ridged scales identify the Rough Green Snake, above; near-perfect camouflage protects him. Striped Garter Snake relies on a speedy getaway. Paintings by National Geographic Artist Walter A. Weber + Secretive Habits Protect Snakedom's Miniatures Plentiful if one knows where to look, the little Ring necked Snake averages only a foot long; favorite haunts include stumps and hollow logs. DeKay's Snake (left), dwarfed relative of the water snakes, is even smaller. He finds ideal homes on trash-strewn lots.