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Wandering Gartersnake (Thamnophus elegans vagrans)
Western Terrestrial Garter Snake (Thamnophus elegans)
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Western Terrestrial Garter Snake (Thamnophus elegans)

General: Wandering Gartersnakes (Thamnophus elegans vagrans) are long, thin snakes with a yellow stripe down the center of the back and yellow stripes on each side. Often with a yellow spot on the top of the head.

Taxonomy: Colubrid (Non-venomous) Snakes Family (Colubridae).

Technical Description:

Diet:

Habitat:

Western Terrestrial Garter Snake (Thamnophus elegans)

Range: Widely distributed across the western U.S. In Nevada, occurs in northern Nevada, an isolated population in southwestern Nevada, and now along the Las Vegas Wash.

Breeding:

Western Terrestrial Garter Snake (Thamnophus elegans)

Similar Species: Striped Whipsnakes look similar, but lack the yellow dorsal stripe and do not have a light spot on the top of the head.

Comments:

Western Terrestrial Garter Snake (Thamnophus elegans) Western "Terrestrial" Garter Snakes, in this case the Mountain Garter Snake (Thamnophis elegans elegans), readily take to the water.
Western Terrestrial Garter Snake (Thamnophus elegans) Western Terrestrial Garter Snake (Thamnophus elegans)
Western Terrestrial Garter Snake (Thamnophus elegans) Western Terrestrial Garter Snake (Thamnophus elegans)
Western Terrestrial Garter Snake (Thamnophus elegans) Western Terrestrial Garter Snake (Thamnophus elegans)
Western Terrestrial Garter Snake (Thamnophus elegans)
Dorsal pattern and keeled scales
Western Terrestrial Garter Snake (Thamnophus elegans)
Yellow stripes all around
Western Terrestrial Garter Snake (Thamnophus elegans)
Everting it anus and trying to put serious stink on me
Western Terrestrial Garter Snake (Thamnophus elegans)
Belly scales
Western Terrestrial Garter Snake (Thamnophus elegans)
Back in the water -- I'm free!
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Wandering Gartersnake (Thamnophus elegans)
Snake captured along Las Vegas Wash (Sep 2015)
Wandering Gartersnake (Thamnophus elegans)
Snake captured along Las Vegas Wash (Sep 2015)
Wandering Gartersnake (Thamnophus elegans)
Snake captured along Las Vegas Wash (Sep 2015)
Wandering Gartersnake (Thamnophus elegans)
Snake captured along Las Vegas Wash (Sep 2015)

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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