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Two-Striped Garter Snake (Thamnophis hammondii)
Two-Striped Garter Snake
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TWO-STRIPED GARTER SNAKE FACTSDescription
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.
found around pools and creeks in rocky areas, woodland, shrubland, coniferous forest.
Eats tadpoles, newt larvae, small frogs, fish
Live young born in late July and August.
Ranges continuously from near Salinas in Monterey County south along the coast to southern California and into Baja California in Mexico
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.
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)
Texas Garter Snake (T. sirtalis annectens)
California Red-Sided Garter Snake (T. sirtalis infernalis)
Common Garter Snake (T. sirtalis sirtalis)