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Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis
Our neighbor found this little guy! Any thoughts on what he might be?
Very cool little snake - Please consider adding this to the Snakes of the United States mission.
Sweet! Thanks for the ID help! :)
Great series!!!!,congrats :)
Eastern Garter. A juvenile. Eastern garters are highly variable in color and pattern, with some specimens being more checkered than others.
Eastern all the way. This (http://srelherp.uga.edu/snakes/thasir.ht...) website shows their checkered coloration....whoops! I'm sorry, didn't mean to lead astray! I didn't even know there were that many types to being with. Thanks for the lesson!!
I go with Eastern on this. I may be wrong, but I think the checkereds are more central-southern (Texas and so on) -- not the southeast and Atlantic coast.
I decided to call this an Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis). If you check out the website for the Savannah River Ecology Lab, they only list two species of Thamnophis snakes (Eastern Garter and Eastern Ribbon). Also checkout this website on the distribution of Checkered Garter Snakes (http://eol.org/pages/1055209/maps) - I don't think they occur in Georgia or South Carolina. Hope this helps - good find & nice pic.
Did some more research, looks like a checkered garter snake, which makes sense being in the South. Good spot!
That's a little garter snake! One of the defining characteristics of all garter snakes is the rows of black dots down the underside that you can see in the third picture.
So small! Nice capture.
Lat: 32.27, Long: -80.89
Spotted on Jun 25, 2012 Submitted on Jun 26, 2012