Common garter snake

The Common garter snake is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

Common garter snakes are native to the Nearctic region only. They occur throughout much of North America, although they are largely absent from the arid southwestern United States. More

The common garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) is a snake indigenous to North America. Most garter snakes have a pattern of yellow stripes on a brown background and their average length is about 1 metre (3.3 ft) to 1.5 metres (4.9 ft). More

* Common Garter Snake, Thamnophis sirtalis * Texas Garter Snake, Thamnophis sirtalis annectens (Brown, 1950) Texas Garter Snake, Thamnophis sirtalis annectens * Red-spotted Garter More

Common Garter Snake: Thamnophis sirtalis - EC 1602 Published April 2007 B. Donovan and N. More

MigrationThe common garter snake is nonmigratory, although it has been observed traveling up to 17.7 kilometers between hibernacula and summer range (Gregory and Stewart 1975). HabitatGarter snakes are found in nearly all habitats, but most commonly at lower elevations around water. More

The common garter snake is extremely variable in appearance, both in size and color. Adults range 18 to 54 inches in length. It has three light stripes (located on the midline and each side) on a black, brown or olive background. More

Additionally, the common garter snake has relatively large eyes compared to the western terrestrial garter snake. Finally, the long-nosed snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei) potentially occurs at Quail Ridge, although this is on the very fringe of the species’ range and the habitat is not ideal. More

The common garter snake is the most wide-ranging reptile in North America. In Washington it is found from coastal and mountain forests to sagebrush deserts, usually close to water or wet meadows—or your garden. (Photo by Jon McGinnis. More

The common garter snake is a relatively slender snake generally reaching about 28 in (70 cm) in length. Color varies greatly across the wide geographic range of this species, but in most populations the snake exhibits three longitudinal yellow stripes. More

The common garter snake of the NE United States, Thamnophis sirtalis, varies in color and pattern but is usually blackish or brownish with three yellow stripes. The ribbon snake, T. sauritus, is a very slender garter snake that prefers wet places. More

The common garter snake is one of the most well known snakes in Minnesota. They live in many different rural and suburban areas and are found on hilltops, along rivers, and in backyards. More

The female common garter snake is usually much larger than the male. They like to eat frogs, toads, salamanders, fish, earthworms, and insects. . More

The common garter snake occurs in Canada from Prince Edward Island to British Columbia in a wide variety of colour patterns. More

Photo: Common Garter Snake, Thamnophis sirtalis. Common garter snake, Thamnophis sirtalis More Images More

The Common Garter Snake is the most widely distributed snake in North America and is very common on the nature trail. It is found from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans, into southern Canada (up to 68 degrees latitude) and into the desert southwest. More

Common Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) Pretty SnakeJust like the name implies, the Common Garter snake is the most common and abundant species of snake in North America. More

The Common Garter Snake has the greatest geographical distribution of any garter snake with a dorsal pattern that is the most variable of any of the garter snake species (Thamnophis sp.). More

Common names

common garter snake in English - English
couleuvre rayée in French - français
Culebra-listonada común in Spanish - español
Gewohnliche Strumpfbandnatter in German - Deutsch
Gewone kousenbandslang in Dutch - Nederlands
Paprastoji raištinė gyvatė in Lithuanian - lietuvių kalba
Racers in English - English
Thamnophis sirtalis in Portuguese - Português
Thamnophis sirtalis in Spanish - español
Užovka proužkovaná in Czech - česky

Picture of Thamnophis sirtalis has been licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike.
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Author: Matt Reinbold
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Order : Squamata
Family : Colubridae
Genus : Thamnophis
Species : Thamnophis sirtalis
Authority : LINNAEUS 1758