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GARTER SNAKE
Thamnophis sirtalis

NOT VENOMOUS

John Fowler & Rachel Barnes

Distribution:-  North America

Comments:- Average length is about 60cm (2 ft) total length but may grow to around 120cm 4 ft

(The subspecies of Thamnophis sirtalis are listed below)

COMMON NAME

SCIENTIFIC NAME
(EXTERNAL LINK)

DISTRIBUTION

Texas Garter Snake

T. s. annectens

EC Texas, SW Kansas, Oklahoma ?, Texas panhandle;

Red-spotted Garter Snake

T. s. concinnus

USA (Washington, Oregon)

New Mexico Garter Snake

T. s. dorsalis

USA (Rio Grand Valley from New Mexico south to El Paso, Texas, New Mexico.

Mexico (Morelos, Chihuahua)

Valley Garter Snake

T. s. fitchi

USA (California, Oregon, Idaho, Utah)

California red-sided Garter Snake

T. s. infernalis

USA (California)

Lowe's Garter Snake

 

T. s. lowei

Mexico (Chihuahua)

Maritime Garter Snake

T. s. pallidulus

Canada (Quebec, Nova Scotia)
USA (New England)

Red-sided Garter Snake

T. s. parietalis

Canada (Alberta and Manitoba),

USA (Nevada, Idaho, South through central New Mexico, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Missouri, westward to Utah, N Texas),
Mexico (N Chihuahua, Coahuila, Tamaulipas)

Puget Sound Garter Snake

T. s. pickeringii

USA (Washington)

Chicago Garter Snake

T. s. semifasciatus

USA ( Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin)

Blue-striped Garter Snake

T. s. similis

USA ( Florida)

Eastern Garter Snake

T. s. sirtalis

Canada (Ontario, Quebec), through USA, Gulf of Mexico, Alabama, west to Minnesota and SE Texas

San Francisco Garter Snake (endangered)

T. s. tetrataenia

USA (San Mateo County and the northern part of coastal Santa Cruz County, California)



Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis)
Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis)

Note that Garter Snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis) are often confused with Ribbon Snakes (Thamnophis sauritus)

Click here to see photos of Garter Snakes(Thamnophis sirtalis) at flickr

Click here to see photos of Garter Snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis) at flickr
NOTE:- flickr may contain some misidentified photos



LINKS

Common garter snake
Wikipedia

Thamnophis sirtalis (LINNAEUS, 1758)
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