Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, 22 April 2015

Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, the Eastern garter snake;
Volusia county, Florida (22 April 2015).

Eastern garter snakes, Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, may be common, everyday snakes, but my gosh… they are just lovely where I live. This species and their close allies are remarkably adaptable across much of the United States. Garters also vary a bit in coloring and pattern across their range. Where I live, in Volusia county, Garters tend to sport an awesome blue-green base tone and color. I’ve also seen really blue-ish individuals in Flagler county a bit to the north. Down south a county, the Brevard population seems to be a bit less-blue. I consider myself very lucky to have these blue-green garters slinking about my backyard, neighborhood, town, and county. An added bonus: When one shows up in the backyard, as this one did, my daughter gets to check them up close, too. They may be common, but Garters are most certainly uncommonly beautiful!

Learn more about the Eastern garter snake in Florida.

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