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Western Ribbon Snake

The Western Ribbon Snake is a slim and sleek reptile belonging to the ‘garter’ snake family. They are North American snakes found in quite a few subspecies.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Colubridae
    Subfamily Natricinae
    Genus Thamnophis
    Species T. proximus
    Scientific Name Thamnophisproximus


    Also Known As Gulf Coast ribbon snake, Mexican ribbon snake, Chiapas highland ribbon snake, redstripe ribbon snake, red-striped ribbon snake, arid land ribbon snake
    Length Up to 125 cm
    Coloration Black body with white spots all over; three stripes run from the head to the tail, with the stripe in the middle being dark yellow, while the other two are relatively lighter
    Distribution In Central America including Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and southern Wisconsin, to the west to Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma, and down south till Costa Rica
    Habitat In the Atlantic moist forests, dry forests, and pine oak forests of Central America, close to water bodies and marshes
    Diet Mostly prefer amphibians like toads, frogs, salamanders, etc., and their larvae; also consume small fish, skinks and crayfish
    Venom Fact Nonvenomous
    Clutch Size 4 and 27 live young
    Mode of Reproduction Viviparous
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on April 11th 2017 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 12th July 2018.

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