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Ribbon snake

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).

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mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah a month ago

Thank you, Tukup; I appreciate that! Not too many people appreciate snakes and other reptiles.

Tukup a month ago

I had to "like" the first snake I saw in your gallery :-) Snakes are cool.

Louisiana, USA

Lat: 29.79, Long: -90.11

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

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