The Peninsula Ribbon Snake, 19 January 2017

Thamnophis sauritus sackenii, the Peninsula ribbon snake;
Lake county, Florida (19 January 2017).

When it comes to snakes, it’s not all about the BIG ones. The little ones can be pretty cool, too. The little ones, the slim ones, the trim ones… even the ribbon ones. Yes, this is a young Peninsula ribbon snake, Thamnophis sauritus sackenii, photographed in Lake county during January of 2017.

Similar to the Garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis), the Peninsula ribbon snake is a slick, slim, and stealthy little cruiser. Though you can find them pretty much anywhere, I usually find Peninsula ribbons near bodies of fresh, calm water. Peninsula ribbons like to climb about in the foliage and bask up off the ground — sometimes directly over water. That was certainly the case with this one. I spotted it wrapped around a palmetto leaning over a fairly large lake. Indeed, I had to do a bit of wading in the water to get these shots. Always worth it.

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