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Ribbon Snake Western

Ribbon Snake Western
Species Name:
Thamnophis proximus
Not venomous

Common Name:
Ribbon Snake Western

Species Name:
Thamnophis proximus


KSNPC status is: Threatened


Similar in appearance to Eastern ribbon snake but look for a pair of spots on the head that are large, brightly colored and touch each other.


Never found far from streams, wetlands or other aquatic habitats. Food habits are similar to Eastern ribbon snake.

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