Thamnophis sauritus sauritus
State Listing: Special Concern
Commonly Confused Native Species:
Size: A medium sized snake measuring 20 to 32 inches in
Color: Brown to blackish dorsum with three bright longitudinal
lines. The venter is variable in color from yellow to
reddish brown. The bottom jaw is colored brightly white.
The ribbon snake can be distinguished from the garter
snake by its two lateral stripes that are confined to the
third and fourth dorsal scale row and its overall slender
size. Keeled scales.
Behavior: Once detected they rapidly flee. When handled they emit
an unpleasant smelling musk and occasionally bite.
Non-venomous, bite is harmless.
Habitat: Favor aquatic habitats, especially wet meadows and