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Eastern Garter Snake

Thamnophis sirtalis


Melanistic morph of an Eastern garter snake. The snake was sunning itself on a log off the boardwalk near Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, in NW Ohio.


It was sitting on the same stump as another Eastern Garter Snake

1 Species ID Suggestions

Eastern garter snake
Thamnopsis sirtalis sirtalis

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ForestDragon 4 years ago

What a cool find!

LisaPowers 4 years ago

Ashley is correct. It is a melanistic garter snake.

AshleyT 4 years ago

This is an interesting snake for sure! I have another person who thinks this is a garter snake, but let's get a few more opinions. Can never hurt to see what several people think when it's an unusual snake like this :)

Eis4Xtreme 4 years ago

And now that you suggested a Garter snake Ashley, I remember that it was sitting on the same stump as an Eastern Garter.

Eis4Xtreme 4 years ago

Thanks, now it is getting interesting.

AshleyT 4 years ago

I agree this is not a rat snake. A rat snake doesn't have that keeled of scales, like Lisa mentions. Rat snakes also have slightly shiny scales, which this snake does not. A rat snakes belly is checkboard black and white, your snake has a solid black belly. I'm leaning more towards a melanistic garter snake based on shape over a melanistic water snake, but will show these photos to other people and try to get a few more opinions.

Eis4Xtreme 4 years ago

My colleagues think that it is a rat snake.

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Ohio, USA

Lat: 41.62, Long: -83.18

Spotted on May 8, 2015
Submitted on May 26, 2015

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