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Common Garter Snake

Thamnophis sirtalis

Habitat:

Usually found in forests, fields, and prairies to streams, wetlands, meadows, marshes, and ponds, and it is often found near water.

Notes:

Found this little guy in the backyard under my Cottonwood tree hiding in the fallen leaves. He seemed angry when I carefully picked him up and put him on the patio. I took a pic with the cell phone to send to my husband asking if it was harmless or not. According to the neighbor, it is a grass snake. I would just love some more accurate help in identifying what this little guy is exactly.


1 species ID suggestions

Lined Snake
Tropidoclonion lineatum ILherps.com

6 Comments

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 2 years ago

ulvalactuca77 is absolutely correct - it's a lined snake. I used to live off 42nd and Riverside Drive in Tulsa and had these in my yard. I was thrilled to learn of their existence there after I had purchased the house. :-)

KarenL
KarenL 2 years ago

Very nice!

windmustache
windmustache 3 years ago

Wow! Amazing..!!

ulvalactuca77
ulvalactuca77 3 years ago

Nice spotting!

ulvalactuca77
ulvalactuca77 3 years ago

Peterson Field Guide p.323 PL.24 -"It's "bottoms up" for checking this snake. The double row of bold black half moons down the belly plus single anal plate should clinch identification."

I don't know about the anal plate but looks like the likely suspect.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 3 years ago

I'm glad I looked at all the pictures to see that you picked him up with the rake! I was thinking you were a mad risk-taker! :D

Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Lat: 36.05, Long: -95.79

Spotted on Nov 19, 2011
Submitted on Nov 19, 2011

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