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Western Terrestrial Garter Snake

Thamnophis elegans


Found swimming in a swamp on Kalispell Island. Used musk to try to deter me!


Forest swamp. Full of tadpoles and plenty of other garter snakes.


Not sure which type of garter this is; its markings seemed very muted. Help me out!

1 Species ID Suggestions

Western Terrestrial Garter Snake
Thamnophis elegans Thamnophis elegans (Western Terrestrial Garter Snake)

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CourtneyJaeger 8 years ago

Thanks Neil!

GregRobinson 8 years ago

It's got to be some species of gartersnake, but I'm not familiar with the ones up there.

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Idaho, USA

Spotted on Jul 19, 2012
Submitted on Aug 6, 2012

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