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Northern Ribbon Snake

Northern ribbon snake is one of the subspecies of ribbon snake found in the United States and Canada. The slender, non-poisonous snake belongs to the garter snake group. 

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Colubridae
    Genus Thamnophis
    Species Thamnophis sauritus
    Scientific Name Thamnophis sauritus septentrionalis

    Length 45–65 cm (18–26 in)
    Color Black or brown background color with three bright-yellow or white stripes on the upper surface and sides; white or light yellow underside
    Distribution Southern Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, northern Ohio, Indiana, Illinois (United States); southern Ontario, Nova Scotia, (Canada)
    Habitat Marshes, near the edges of ponds, streams and lakes
    Diet Frogs, tadpoles, salamanders, insects, small fish
    Hibernation Fact Hibernate during the cold winter months
    Predators Large fish, weasels, other snakes, wading birds, other carnivorous mammals
    Venom Fact Non-venomous
    Breeding Season Late summer
    Mode of Reproduction Ovoviviparous (producing young ones by means of eggs hatched inside the body of the parent)
    Litter Size 3 to 26 young ones
    Reproductive Age 2 years of age
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on March 18th 2017 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 14th June 2019.

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