Northern Ribbonsnake

NORTHERN

RIBBONSNAKE

THAMNOPHIS SAURITUS SEPTENTRIONALIS

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DESCRIPTION

With my long pale stripes on dark canvas, I look very similar to my cousin, the Common Garter Snake! To accurately differentiate me from it you must count: my stripes are located on the 3rd and 4th rows of scales from the stomach. That’s quite precise! Even easier: unlike the Common Garter Snake I normally have a white spot right before my eye.

After hibernation, we do not have a precise breeding period; that is to say, it is possible for us to reproduce from spring to fall. We are ovoviviparous, and the young are born from July to September.

You should know that we are very rare in Québec, where we are found only in the extreme south of the Ottawa River Valley. Our situation is considered worrisome.

Caracteristics

dimension

Between 45 and 80cm long

Habitat

Usually near water

Diet

Frogs, tadpoles, salamanders, small fish and leeches

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