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Northwestern Garter Snake

Thamnophis ordinoides


The northwestern garter snake is small, with adults averaging around 36-53 cm (14-21 inches) in total length. Garter snakes color is a shade of greens, blacks or greys with Stripe colours of red, yellow, orange and cream.


This snake is primarily terrestrial but may be found near or occasionally in water; often it occurs in meadows, forest clearings, and along the edges of thickets where it feeds mainly on slugs as well as worms, salamanders and frogs.


This Northwestern Garter Snake was basking in the sun near a bay shoreline,resting inches from a cliff. It effortlessly made a slithering climb up and down the cliff edge.

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AshleyT 9 years ago

Great photos! Please be sure to add this to the Snakes of the United States – CSC mission to help with their citizen science project!

TishannePatterson 9 years ago

Thank you Gerardo!
Your Noah pages are wonderful.
How exciting to see wildlife you share, You are a true explorer on land and sea.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Nice spotting and information Tishanne :)

Hoquiam, Washington, USA

Spotted on Jun 26, 2012
Submitted on Jun 29, 2012

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