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Butler's Garter Snake (Thamnophis butleri)
Butler's Garter Snake
Photograph by Bruce Kingsbury. License: Public Domain. (view image details)
BUTLER'S GARTER SNAKE FACTSDescription
Butlerís Garter Snake is a slender snake with three yellow or orange stripes along the length of the body. The background color is brown, black or olive. There are sometimes two rows of dark spots between the side stripes and the back stripe. The lateral stripes run along the second, third and fourth rows of scales up from the ventral scales. The head is small for a garter snake.
40cm - 50cm
Butlerís Garter Snake is found in meadows, wet prairies, marshes, savanna, grasslands, suburban and residential areas. Often found under rocks, logs, or debris.
mainly earthworms, but also eats leeches, salamanders and frogs.
The species is ovoviviparous.
Found in Ontario in Canada; Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin in United States
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. It thrashes around when trying to escape.
Relatives in same Genus
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)
Texas Garter Snake (T. sirtalis annectens)
California Red-Sided Garter Snake (T. sirtalis infernalis)
Common Garter Snake (T. sirtalis sirtalis)