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 Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)




Redstripe Ribbon Snake | Thamnophis proximus-rubrilineatus photo
Redstripe Ribbon Snake

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REDSTRIPE RIBBON SNAKE FACTS

Description
The Redstripe Ribbon Snake has a distinctive red stripe down the center of the back. The red (less commonly orange) back stripe begins behind the head. There is a pale lateral stripe on each side on the body running along scale rows 3 and 4 above the belly. It can shed the last few inches of its tail as a defence mechanism. There is a pair of white spots on the top of the head which may merge into a single spot. The lips are a uniform cream color without any bars or stripes. It is semi-aquatic and a good swimmer.

Size
60cm - 90cm

Environment
found around the edge of permanent water - swamps, ponds, lakes, streams.

Food
main food is amphibians (especially the Cricket Frog - Acris crepitans), sometimes eats fish and tadpoles, rarely eats lizards and insects .

Breeding
Bears live young

Range
found in central Texas in the United States

Notes
Garter 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.

Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata (Serpentes)
Family:Colubridae
Genus:Thamnophis
Species:proximus rubrilineatus
Common Name:Redstripe Ribbon Snake