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 Texas Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis annectens)

Texas Garter Snake | Thamnophis sirtalis-annectens photo
Texas Garter Snake
Photograph by LA Dawson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)








TEXAS GARTER SNAKE FACTS
Description
The Texas Garter Snake has a greenish black back with a bright orange or red stripe down the center and yellowish stripes on either side of the body.

Size
100cm - 120cm

Environment
usually found in dry, lightly wooded areas.

Food
amphibians, earthworms, also fish, small birds, rodents.

Breeding
The Texas Garter Snake is ovoviviparous (bearing live young). Gestation is usually two to three months. A litter of about 10 to 40 young are born between late July and October.

Range
found in eastern and central Texas, with an isolated population in Kansas

Notes
The Texas Garter Snake is completely harmless. When handled will often thrash about and excrete a foul smelling musk.

Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata (Serpentes)
Family:Colubridae
Genus:Thamnophis
Species:sirtalis annectens
Common Name:Texas Garter Snake


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)
  Northern Ribbon Snake (T. sauritus septentrionalis)
  Common Garter Snake (T. sirtalis)
  California Red-Sided Garter Snake (T. sirtalis infernalis)







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