Eastern Ribbon Snake

Thamnophis sauritus (Linnaeus, 1766)

French Name Couleuvre mince
Max. Recorded Length 101.8 cm / 40.1 inches
Range Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Quebec, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Pet Trade Availability ★★☆☆ sometimes available
Captivity Rating ★★★☆ good

Description

Subspecies

Blue-striped Ribbon Snake
Thamnophis sauritus nitae Rossman, 1963
Blue-striped subspecies from the same region of the Florida panhandle as the Blue-striped Garter Snake, Thamnophis sirtalis similis; not recognized by Collins.
Peninsular Ribbon Snake
Thamnophis sauritus sackenii (Kennicott, 1859)
Found in southeastern Georgia and most of peninsular Florida.
Eastern Ribbon Snake
Thamnophis sauritus sauritus (Linnaeus, 1766)
Found south of the Great Lakes basin and north of the Florida peninsula and southeastern Georgia.
Northern Ribbon Snake, Pontiac MRC, Quebec. Mathieu Ouellette Northern Ribbon Snake
Thamnophis sauritus septentrionalis Rossman, 1963
Great Lakes basin, western New York, Maine; Canada. (Photo: Mathieu Ouellette)

Conservation

Special Concern in Ontario, Threatened in Nova Scotia (COSEWIC). Endangered in Illinois and Wisconsin. Lower Keys population Threatened in Florida. Special Concern in Kentucky and Maine.

Captive Care

Not significantly different from western ribbon snakes.

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For general information on keeping garter snakes in captivity, please see the Care Guide.

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