The Eastern Garter Snake of the Blue-Green Variety, 04 January 2015

Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, the Eastern garter snake;
Volusia county, Florida (04 January 2015).

Ranging across North America from the Atlantic west to the Pacific, Thamnophis sirtalis is one durable and adaptable species. In Florida, our recognized subspecies is Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, the Eastern garter snake (makes sense, right?). In fact, the “Eastern” subspecies ranges throughout much of the eastern portion of the United States. Whether you’re in Florida or New York, Minnesota or Louisiana, or anywhere in-between, there’s a decent chance you’ll come across an Eastern garter snake at some point. In my stretch of eastern-central Florida, our garters tend to sport a rather lovely blue-green color schema. Though common, our Eastern garter snakes are uncommonly gorgeous — and always a delight to photograph. I could get lost in those colors and textures.

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