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Mountain Garter Snake

Thamnophis elegans elegans


A medium-sized slender snake. Dark brown to black with three light stripes on the back and sides. The dorsal stripe is yellow, orange, or white. The lateral stripes may be paler. Underside is pale with few markings, and is sometimes darker in the center.


Inhabits streamsides, springs, mountain lakes, in grassland, meadows, brush, woodland, and coniferous forest.


I have a stream running through my lot, but they come up from there and hang around in the patio.

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California, USA

Spotted on Jun 4, 2013
Submitted on Jun 4, 2013

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