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Common Ribbonsnake

Thamnophis sauritus sauritus


A Common- or Eastern Ribbonsnake spotted on a bush beyond the observation tower in the central wetland area at Huntley Meadows Park. Photo 1 is entitled, "Open your mouth wide and say, 'Ahhh!'" I'm not sure whether the snake was yawning or trying to intimidate me.


Huntley Meadows Park, a 1,425 acre wetland area in Fairfax County, Virginia USA. Related Resource:


Copyright © 2012 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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40 Comments (1–25)

wyatt10012 10 years ago

with such a small body a such a big head

cranbrook-sda-youth1 10 years ago



BobSpader 11 years ago

Congratulations, Walter!

Maria dB
Maria dB 11 years ago

Great series - congratulations on your SOTD!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago

Congrats Walter... This poor guy...must be in self defense stance...

Geodialist 11 years ago

My sincere thanks for the honor, Yasser, and thanks to everyone for the favorites and nice comments!

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 11 years ago

Congratulations Geodialist. What a spine chilling spotting! Awesome

CarolSnowMilne 11 years ago

I can't "double like" this all though I want to. This really deserves SOTD. I love the snake. What a view. Congratulations on all your many wonderful spots.

squaresolid 11 years ago

hahaha, such a beauty!
cool spotting, congrats!

NuwanChathuranga 11 years ago

Congratulations !!

jimmy76 11 years ago

Nice Picture

tdphuc 11 years ago

Nice shot!

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 11 years ago

Congrats for the SOTD..!

patty 11 years ago

Congratulations Geodialist! Nice spotting and series and the first picture is very impressive.

LisaPowers 11 years ago

Glad to see this terrific spotting has gotten SOTD! Congratulations!

Wild Things
Wild Things 11 years ago

Great spotting! Congratulations!

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 11 years ago

Nice shots. Congratulations!!

KarenL 11 years ago

Congratulations Walter!

Azura Firdaus W
Azura Firdaus W 11 years ago

Congrats. that's amazing spotting

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 11 years ago

Well done Walter.. Congrats.

LeanneGardner 11 years ago

Congratulations Walter!

Yasser 11 years ago

Walter, we have chosen this excellent spotting to kick-off our first-ever Snake Week in collaboration with Cameron and the folks at the Center for Snake Conservation. Congratulations on the Spotting of the Day and for starting this awesome week off properly!

"The Common or Eastern Ribbon Snake gets its name from its very thin body. At maturity it can be anywhere from 18 to 86 cm in length. It is a slender black snake with a yellow midback stripe and one on each side."


Geodialist 11 years ago

Thanks for the kinds words, Cameron, and thanks for the invitation to add my spotting to the Snakes of the United States mission. Done!

WOW! I don't think I have ever seen a ribbon snake do such an amazing defense response. They have opened their mouths at me many, many times but the lip curling is impressive in this one. GREAT SPOTTING! Please consider adding your spotting to the Snakes of the United States mission. Thanks! Cameron

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Virginia, USA

Spotted on Aug 21, 2012
Submitted on Aug 22, 2012

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