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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).
Spotted on Dec 27, 2015
Submitted on Dec 29, 2018
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