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Red-sided Garter Snake

Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis


Spotted in one of our funnel trap set for frogs. It was not trapped... it slipped right out as soon as I picked the trap up. Typical of garter snakes, this snake was very feisty and struck at me several times before calming down for pics.


Utilizes a wide variety of habitats - forests, mixed woodlands, grassland, chaparral, farmlands, often near ponds, marshes, or streams.

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marylou.wildlife 11 years ago

Thank you all! And Cameron, they do have the sweetest little faces. Attitude and all, it's hard not to love a face like that!

CarolSnowMilne 11 years ago

Very cute snake. Small... perfect size!

Cammie C. Jeffries
Cammie C. Jeffries 11 years ago

Beautiful, fantastic shots!!

I love this photo---they have such personalities when they are looking at you!

beautiful,courageous girl :)

EricEllison 11 years ago

awesome! havnt seen that kind before

Uday 11 years ago

i wish i could handle snake like that

KarenL 11 years ago

Lovely series Marylou!

MauricioPacheco 11 years ago

Beautiful snake!

LisaPowers 11 years ago

What an adorable first photo...the rest are very cool too!

shekainah d. alaban
shekainah d. alaban 11 years ago

Very cute, dying to hold it too.

marylou.wildlife 11 years ago

Thanks! It is a beautiful subspecies... I'd hoped I would bump into one of these during my time in Iowa, and this was my first encounter! And it is pretty darn cute, even with the attitude :)

the_tajminator 11 years ago

aww its cute...I love the second picture

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Onawa, Iowa, United States

Spotted on Jun 18, 2012
Submitted on Jun 22, 2012

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