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Coast Garter Snake (Thamnophis elegans terrestris)
Coast Garter Snake
Photograph by Steve Jurvetson. Some rights reserved. (view image details)
COAST GARTER SNAKE FACTSDescription
The Coast Garter Snake is a slender snake. It is variable in color and pattern, It usually has a yellow stripe along the back and white, yellow or reddish stripes along the lower part of the side. The underside is yellow to blue-gray with some reddish markings. Some snakes are all black between the stripes. Some have black checkered markings on the sides between the stripes. Some have black checkers and reddish markings between the stripes. They are active during the day.
length 45cm - 105cm
woodland, grassland, coniferous forest, dunes, brushland, usually near water.
eats amphibians, fish, birds, mice, lizards, snakes, worms, slugs, snails.
Live young are born between July and September.
found along the Pacific coast of Oregon and California
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.
Relatives in same Genus
Butler's Garter Snake (T. butleri)
Blackneck Garter Snake (T. cyrtopsis)
Western Terrestrial Garter Snake (T. elegans)
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)