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Checkered Garter Snake

The Checkered Garter Snake is one of the easiest garter species to tame and is common in the pet trade. Endemic to USA, Central America and Mexico, they have three recognized subspecies. They are mildly poisonous reptiles, and would also secrete a foul smelling liquid, when provoked.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Colubridae
    Subfamily Natricinae
    Genus Thamnophis
    Scientific Name Thamnophis marcianus


    Length Max. 42 inches (average: 28 in)
    Color Typically greenish in color with a black checkerboard pattern on the back
    Distribution Southwestern United States, Mexico, and Central America
    Habitat Mostly in the dense vegetation
    Diet Small frogs, toads, small fish, and earthworms
    Venom Fact Mildly venomous
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    IUCN Conservation Status LC

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    Published on December 22nd 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 15th May 2019.

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