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Northern Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis sauritus septentrionalis)
Northern Ribbon Snake
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NORTHERN RIBBON SNAKE FACTSDescription
The Northern Ribbon Snake is a slender snake. It is black or brown with three yellow or white stripes along its back. The head is black with white scales along the mouth. The underside is white or light yellow.
50cm - 100cm
marshes or live near the edges of lakes, ponds, and streams. Ribbon Snakes are good swimmers
They eat frogs, tadpoles, salamanders, small fish, and insects.
Northern Ribbon Snakes are ovoviviparous. 3 to 26 live young are born in late summer. The young snakes are about 20cm long and are similar color as the adults.
Canada: Nova Scotia, southern Ontario. United States: Michigan, New York, southern Maine, northern Ohio, Indiana, endangered species in Wisconsin.
Ribbon Snakes have toxins in their saliva and the bite can produce mild reaction in humans. They are not considered dangerous to humans, although they excrete a foul smelling musk when handled.
Relatives in same Genus
Butler's Garter Snake (T. butleri)
Blackneck Garter Snake (T. cyrtopsis)
Western Terrestrial Garter Snake (T. elegans)
Coast Garter Snake (T. elegans terrestris)
Two-Striped Garter Snake (T. hammondii)
Checkered Garter Snake (T. marcianus marcianus)
Redstripe Ribbon Snake (T. proximus rubrilineatus)
Eastern Ribbon Snake (T. sauritus sauritus)
Common Garter Snake (T. sirtalis)
Texas Garter Snake (T. sirtalis annectens)
California Red-Sided Garter Snake (T. sirtalis infernalis)