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Common Garter Snake

Thamnophis sirtalis


The Garter Snake is one of our most common snakes in North America. It grows up to four feet long. It's color patterns can vary, but it almost always has three yellow stripes. Usually there is a checkerboard pattern of dark spots between the stripes.


Garter snakes are usually found near water or moist places, including marshes, streams, damp woods, wet meadows, parks, gardens, weed patches, farms, and forest edges. They are active day and night, but are most active during the day. This spotting was found in my yard, which is is mostly an old growth wooded lot, with some trees older then 200 years.


Found in my yard, which is mostly wooded, and is an old growth wooded lot, left mostly natural. Some trees in my yard are older then 200 years in age. This one was small, I have one garter snake in my yard that is over 2 feet in length but has only been spotted once by but sadly not by me. I hope to spot it and photograph it if I am ever lucky enough to see it .

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yeskay 8 years ago

nice depth details

Sam10 8 years ago

Great detail!

williefromwi 9 years ago

Thanks Karen, I have added it to the mission

KarenL 9 years ago

What a beauty!
Please consider adding this to the Snakes of the United States mission

LuisStevens 9 years ago

Excellent Series Willie

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Wisconsin, USA

Spotted on Jul 2, 2012
Submitted on Jul 2, 2012

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