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Common Gartersnake (Thamnophis sirtalis)
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Common Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis)
Red-spotted Gartersnake
(Thamnophis sirtalis concinnus)

General: Common Gartersnakes (Thamnophis sirtalis) are long, thin snakes with a distinct yellow stripe down the center of the back and a yellow stripe on each side. Often with red spots on the sides.

Taxonomy: Colubrid (Non-venomous) Snake Family (Colubridae). At least seven western subspecies and seven eastern subspecies.

Common Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis)
Red-spotted Gartersnake
(Thamnophis sirtalis concinnus)

Diet: Frogs, tadpoles, fish, bugs, small mice.

Habitat: Wide habitat preference from humid forests to dry prairies.

Range: Widely distributed across North America, but not in the southwestern deserts. In Nevada, this species occurs in northern Nevada along the CA-NV border.

Red-spotted Gartersnake (Thamnophis sirtalis concinnus): Cape Perpetua, Oregon
Valley Gartersnake (Thamnophis sirtalis fitchi): Big Lagoon, California

Common Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis)
Valley Gartersnake (Thamnophis sirtalis fitchi)
Common Garter Snake; note that this species has 7 upper labial scales and 10 lower labial scales.
Common Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis)
Valley Gartersnake (Thamnophis sirtalis fitchi)
This snake has a safe place to hide!
Common Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis)
Valley Gartersnake (Thamnophis sirtalis fitchi)
This snake has a safe place to hide!

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