|Eastern ribbon snake (Thamnophis sauritus sauritus)|
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The ribbon snake or ribbonsnake (Thamnophis sauritus) is a common species of garter snake endemic to eastern North America. It averages 16–35 in (41–89 cm) in length and is a member of the genus Thamnophis.
The four recognized subspecies of ribbon snake are:
- Eastern ribbon snake – T. s. sauritus - brownish back, ranges from New York to Florida, west to the Mississippi River
- Northern ribbon snake – T. s. septentrionalis - dark brown or black above, ranges from Maine through Ontario and Indiana
- Southern ribbon snake or Peninsula ribbon snake – T. s. sackeni - tan or brown, ranges from South Carolina south through Florida
- Western ribbon snake or bluestripe ribbon snake – T. s. nitae - dark with light blue lateral stripes, Gulf Coast of north-central Florida
Ribbon snakes are also common pets. A single snake can fit in a 10-gallon terrarium. They are also very docile.
The ribbon snake has a diverse diet consisting of worms, slugs, minnows, insects, small mice, fish, and toads.
- Thamnophis sauritus, Reptile Database
- Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History). Volume I., Containing the Families...Colubridæ Aglyphæ, part... Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). London. xiii + 448 pp. + Plates I. - XXVIII. (Tropidonotus saurita, pp. 212-214.)
- Ruthven, A.G. 1908. Variations and Genetic Relationships of the Garter-snakes. Bull. US Nat. Mus., 61: 1-201, 82 figures.
- Conant, R. 1975. A Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern and Central North America, Second Edition. Houghton Mifflin. Boston. xviii + 429 pp. (Thamnophis sauritus, pp. 164-165, Plate 23, Map 119.)
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