The Peninsula Ribbon Snake, 26 April 2012

Thamnophis sauritus sackenii, the Peninsula ribbon snake;
Lowndes county, Georgia (26 April 2012).

This is a Peninsula ribbon snake, Thamnophis sauritus sackenii, photographed in Lowndes county, Georgia. Quite non-novenomous and at times extremely abundant, the Peninsula ribbon snake tends to stick somewhat close to water — bunkering down and slinking through and around the foliage adjacent to or above the shoreline. Though not “watersnakes” properly, they are closely related. Ribbons are also sometimes confused as being Garter snakes — which is a reasonable mistake to make. Garter snakes are classified as Thamnophis sirtalis — a different species to the same genus. They share many similar attributes, but ribbons tend to be a bit shorter, slimmer, and more aquatic. Note also the white “bar” in front of the Ribbon snake’s eye. Though garters sometimes have a whitish patch in the same area, the ribbons typically has a well-defined white bar in front of each eye.


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