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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 6 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 6 years ago

Very cute snake. Small... perfect size!

Cammie C. Myers
Cammie C. Myers 6 years ago

Beautiful, fantastic shots!!

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

beautiful,courageous girl :)

EricEllison 6 years ago

awesome! havnt seen that kind before

Uday 6 years ago

i wish i could handle snake like that

KarenL 6 years ago

Lovely series Marylou!

MauricioPacheco 6 years ago

Beautiful snake!

LisaPowers 6 years ago

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

Very cute, dying to hold it too.

marylou.wildlife 6 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 6 years ago

aww its cute...I love the second picture

Iowa, USA

Lat: 42.01, Long: -96.21

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

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