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Eastern Ribbon Snake

The Eastern Ribbon Snake is a very skinny American reptile that is known for its ribbon-like looks and features. One of the subspecies of the ‘ribbon snake’, this creature is not known to be aggressive even when handled. However, when threatened, they do secrete a bad-smelling musk from their anal glands.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Colubridae
    Genus Thamnophis
    Species T. sauritus
    Subspecies T. s. sauritus
    Scientific Name Thamnophissauritussauritus


    Other Names Common ribbon snake
    Length 18 to 86 cm
    Coloration Dark brown with minute yellow spots; three bright yellow lines run from their heads to tail tips
    Distribution Northeastern parts of the USA and to the southeast of Canada
    Habitat Lives both in water and land, and in dense bushes
    Diet Tadpoles, insects, salamanders, small fish, small frogs, toads
    Venom Fact Nonvenomous
    Breeding Season Begins in April or May
    Clutch Size 4-27 live young (average 12)
    Mode of Reproduction Viviparous

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    Published on April 10th 2017 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 12th July 2018.

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