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Common Garter Snake

Thamnophis Sirtalis


Non-poisonous, 24", Slender, variable in color and pattern. Narrow yellowish stripe along entire mid-back, rest of back solid blackish or pale brown (some gray), with 2 rows of blackish spots; sides and belly pale buffy or gray. Molts several times a year. Bears live young. Hibernates in groups.


New England's most common snake, lives in fields, scrub, gardens, and woodlands.


Spotted along side the railroad bed along the City forest next to a wet area. There was still snow on the ground!

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Bangor, Maine, USA

Spotted on Apr 10, 2006
Submitted on Oct 10, 2012

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