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Western Ribbon Snake

Thamnophis proximus proximus


Caught in a funnel trap set for frogs and toads in western Iowa near the Missouri River. It was stuck in the trap, so we had to cut the metal around it to get it out. This snake was very docile and cooperative throughout the whole process. This is a rare spotting in this area of Iowa, and this snake is protected in Iowa.


Prefers to live near the edges of wetland habitats such as swamps, sloughs, marshes and oxbow lakes, but is also found along streams.

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marylou.wildlife 11 years ago

Thanks Aaron!

Aaron_G 11 years ago

Great spotting and a wonderful story with a happy ending. There's a new snakes of the U.S. mission, if you'd like to join up and add this spotting.

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Nebraska, USA

Spotted on Jun 18, 2012
Submitted on Jun 23, 2012

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