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Texas Garter Snake

A subspecies of the common garter snake, the Texas Garter is spread across parts of the United States. They are nonpoisonous and emit a foul-smelling musk at its attackers, if threatened.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Colubridae
    Genus Thamnophis
    Species Thamnophis sirtalis
    Scientific Name Thamnophis sirtalis annectens

    Length 15 to 28 in
    Color Greenish-black base with a bright-orange to red stripe down the middle part and with yellow stripes on both the sides
    Distribution USA (predominantly found in central Texas, with isolated populations in South Dakota and Kansas)
    Habitat Usually close to a water source; often seen in damp soil and near stream-side vegetation
    Diet Mainly feeds on frogs, small fish and rodents, lizards, etc.
    Venom Fact Nonvenomous
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)

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    Published on December 31st 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 13th June 2019.

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