Wildlife North America . com
North American Animals - mamals, birds, reptiles, insects

 Two-Striped Garter Snake (Thamnophis hammondii)




Two-Striped Garter Snake | Thamnophis hammondii photo
Two-Striped Garter Snake

Photograph by Chris Brown. License: Public Domain.  (view image details)

TWO-STRIPED GARTER SNAKE FACTS

Description
The Two-Striped Garter Snake is olive, brown or brownish-grey above. The underside is dull yellow, orange, or salmon. It has rows of small, dark spots along the sides, and a yellow stripe on each side separating the upper and lower colors. The throat is pale. The eyes are brown with round pupils. There are usually black patches on the neck behind head. Some specimens are dark, without any yellow side stripes. Juveniles are similar to adults. The snake is mainly aquatic. Diurnal.

Size
39-72 cm

Environment
found around pools and creeks in rocky areas, woodland, shrubland, coniferous forest.

Food
Eats tadpoles, newt larvae, small frogs, fish

Breeding
Live young born in late July and August.

Range
Ranges continuously from near Salinas in Monterey County south along the coast to southern California and into Baja California in Mexico

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 may strike repeatedly and excrete a foul smelling musk when handled.

Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata (Serpentes)
Family:Colubridae
Genus:Thamnophis
Species:hammondii
Common Name:Two-Striped 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)
  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)
  Texas Garter Snake (T. sirtalis annectens)
  California Red-Sided Garter Snake (T. sirtalis infernalis)