REPTILES OF THE METRO AREA
METROPOLITAN  NATURALIST
REPTILES INDEX
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Eastern Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis sauritus sauritus)

The Eastern Ribbon Snake is very similar in coloration to the Eastern Garter Snake, With three
yellow stripes running lengthwise, one down the center, and one on each side. Ribbon Snakes tend
to be more aquatic than the Eastern Garter Snakes, rarely being found far from water. The Ribbon
Snake is generally more slender and fast moving than Eastern Garter Snakes. I often find them
sunning on the shore of the Gunpowder River (as in the photos below) and other rivers and
streams, where they feed on small fish and amphibians.
The underside of an Eastern Ribbon Snake