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Thamnophis sauritus sauritus
This semiaquatic snake has prominent, yellow lateral stripes which distinguish it from the Eastern Garter Snake. Males and females are monomorphic. There are 3 other subspecies of eastern ribbon snake that vary from this one based on their distribution and coloration.
Seen on a trail in a freshwater marsh within southern Louisiana's Barataria Preserve.
Of note, all snakes are protected in the Barataria Preserve (it's unlawful to handle them).
Lat: 29.79, Long: -90.11
Spotted on Dec 27, 2015
Submitted on Dec 29, 2018
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