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Eastern Garter Snake

Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis

Description:

Our neighbor found this little guy! Any thoughts on what he might be?



1 species ID suggestions

Kyle Sykes
Kyle Sykes 6 years ago
Eastern Garter Snake
Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis http://srelherp.uga.edu/snakes/thasir.htm

10 Comments

Very cool little snake - Please consider adding this to the Snakes of the United States mission.

TeresaBurke
TeresaBurke 6 years ago

Sweet! Thanks for the ID help! :)

Carolina Espinoza
Carolina Espinoza 6 years ago

Great series!!!!,congrats :)

MikeVanValen
MikeVanValen 6 years ago

Eastern Garter. A juvenile. Eastern garters are highly variable in color and pattern, with some specimens being more checkered than others.

JackieLouWho
JackieLouWho 6 years ago

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!!

Kyle Sykes
Kyle Sykes 6 years ago

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.

JackieLouWho
JackieLouWho 6 years ago

Did some more research, looks like a checkered garter snake, which makes sense being in the South. Good spot!

JackieLouWho
JackieLouWho 6 years ago

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.

Sudachi
Sudachi 6 years ago

So small! Nice capture.

Bluffton, South Carolina, USA

Lat: 32.27, Long: -80.89

Spotted on Jun 25, 2012
Submitted on Jun 26, 2012

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