My first Ribbon snake, Thamnophis sauritus sackenii, of 2018 was found in the interior pinelands of Volusia county on 04 February 2018. The young snake was basking in the middle of a dirt road on a not-totally-freezing early afternoon. It was a pretty rough and tumble winter for the reptiles and amphibians of central Florida (and for myself). I think we’re all pretty happy its warming up now. As for Ribbon snakes, this is a fairly benign, non-venomous species rather common throughout the peninsula. For those trying to differentiate ribbons from garter snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis), look for the well-defined vertical white line in front of the eye. Ribbon snakes typically have a more-pronounced white line. With garters, if present at all, that line is usually pretty faded out and undefined.