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Puget Sound Garter Snake

Thamnophis sirtalis pickeringii

Description:

Some kind of snake that I spotted in Butchart Gardens just outside of Victoria in British Columbia. The snake was just sitting in one of the flower beds sunning itself on a cloudy day.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Puget Sound Garter Snake
Thamnophis sirtalis pickeringii Thamnophis sirtalis pickeringii - Puget Sound Gartersnake


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8 Comments

AndyNewman
AndyNewman 9 years ago

Brilliant. Thanks for your help guys, that certainly sounds (and looks) like the right species.

NeilDazet
NeilDazet 9 years ago

Thanks ForestDragon. The wandering garter snake and the northwestern garter snake also occur at the spotting location. But the first photo and that website I linked to helped confirm the ID.

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 9 years ago

I think Neil found it! Awesome!!

SidHangman
SidHangman 9 years ago

O.o Looks like a Mamba!

AndyNewman
AndyNewman 9 years ago

I think I've fixed the first photo now, if it helps at all?

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 9 years ago

There is a Blue Striped Garter Snake, but they are only supposed to occur in Florida. Garters do have a lot of variation in color and pattern, so I am wondering if this is simply a less common variant.
Thanks for clarifying about the color. I wasn't sure if it was just a play of light.
I am unable to view the first picture for your spotting. It may need to be reuploaded.

AndyNewman
AndyNewman 9 years ago

Certainly those suggestions look very similar to the snake I saw. Though looking at the photos on the Wikipedia pages, the snake I saw was more of a blue-ish colour underbelly than those shown. Though, there seem to be a vast number of subspecies of the Common Garter Snake, so it could easily be one of those. Certainly, the head looks very similar.

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 9 years ago

There is a good chance that this is a Common Garter Snake:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Gart...

Though the Northwest Garter Snake occurs in your area as well:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northwester...

See what you think.

AndyNewman
Spotted by
AndyNewman

Central Saanich, British Columbia, Canada

Spotted on Jun 13, 2012
Submitted on Jun 17, 2012

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