Apparently making a public list of snakes does not deter them after all. I ran into this guy right after the dog walk this morning.
The best ID we could come up with is some sort of ribbon snake. It looks like the terms "ribbon snake" and "garter snake" are used interchangeably in different regions. The Herps of Texas website lists the one in our area as Thamnophis proximus proximus, but doesn't give it a common name or have a picture.
And since you're asking, why yes, that is my asparagus bed he is slithering into. And yes, he did end up disappearing permanently in the strawberries. Isn't that just perfect? Now I know there are 2 snakes hiding out in there, just waiting to get me.