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Garter Snake Eastern

Garter Snake Eastern
Species Name:
Thamnophis sirtalis
Not venomous

Common Name:
Garter Snake Eastern

Species Name:
Thamnophis sirtalis


KSNPC status is: Unlisted


Adults reach 1 1/2 to 2' in length. Slender snake with 3 light colored stripes on a black, dark brown, tan or greenish body. Yellowish, greenish or blue-tined belly.


Eats earthworms, frogs, toads, salamanders. Common in a variety of habitats.

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