Thamnophis saurita sackenii, 04 February 2018

Thamnophis saurita sackenii, the Peninsula ribbon snake;
Volusia county, Florida (04 February 2018).

Peninsula ribbon snakes are pretty damn adorable. They’re closely related to our garter snakes (different species of the same genus) but are a bit slimmer and trimmer. The distinctive white bar in front of each eye is a key diagnostic when differentiating between the two. Though garters can also have a bit of a slight splash in front of each eye, it’s nowhere near as defined as what you see here.

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