It was a cool morning a while back--- I saw these harmless garden snakes in a juniper, about 3 feet off the ground. At first I thought it was two of them simply uh... getting to know each other. But then I looked more carefully and saw that there were three of them intertwined--- probably to keep warm. There are NO harmful snakes in our part of the world, so I have learned not to jump (mostly) when I see them. Added: You can't tell sexes by color. They are commonly called garden snakes, but their official non-latin name is Garter Snakes. They eat slugs, so are good to have around the garden or farm.