As I moved on with the rototiller to the next patch, I disturbed another guest in our garden. As far as I know this is some type of garter snake. When I picked it up, it left a real musky odor on my hands, and I was able to find out that that is a characteristic of garter snakes. I couldn’t find any good sources for identifying snakes on the web, so we’ll have to leave it at that. It was a pretty good sized snake though, about 42 inches long.