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Western Terrestrial Garter Snake

Thamnophis elegans

Description:

The Western terrestrial garter snake (Thamnophis elegans) is a species of colubrid snake. Seven subspecies are currently recognized. Most Western terrestrial garter snakes have a yellow, light orange, or white dorsal stripe, accompanied by two stripes of the same color, one on each side. Some varieties have red or black spots between the dorsal stripe and the side stripes. It is an immensely variable species, and even the most experienced herpetologists have trouble when it comes to identification. They are medium-sized snakes, usually 46-104 cm (18-41 inches). Wikipedia

Habitat:

Abbott's Lagoon beach hiking trail, Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County, California, USA


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la20madryn20156
la20madryn20156 3 years ago

interesting !

misako
Spotted by
misako

California, USA

Lat: 38.12, Long: -122.94

Spotted on Apr 21, 2012
Submitted on Apr 22, 2012

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