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  • Scientific Names
    • Thamnophis elegans
    • Eutainia elegans
    • Thamnophis ordinoides elegans
  • English
    • Terrestrial Gartersnake
    • Coast Gartersnake
    • Western Terrestrial Garter Snake
    • Coast Garter Snake
  • German
    • Bergstrumpfbandnatter
  • Spanish
    • culebra listonada elegante
    • culebra de agua
    • culebra de agua nómada occidental terrestre

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What

Western Terrestrial Garter Snake Thamnophis elegans

Observer

kevinhintsa

Date

October 24, 2014 03:56 PM PDT

Description

Found under a board . Looks freshly molted . A very bright individual . Temperature about 56 degrees F. at the time of the observation .

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Western Terrestrial Garter Snake Thamnophis elegans

Observer

justin2

Date

October 18, 2014 09:58 AM PDT

Description

Snake under a cedar

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Western Terrestrial Garter Snake Thamnophis elegans

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jmaughn

Date

October 17, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

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Western Terrestrial Garter Snake Thamnophis elegans

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tiwane

Date

October 17, 2014 03:13 PM PDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

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johnwilliams

Date

July 16, 2011

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Western Terrestrial Garter Snake Thamnophis elegans

Observer

johnwilliams

Date

April 30, 2010

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What

Wandering Garter Snake Thamnophis elegans ssp. vagrans

Observer

johnwilliams

Date

July 5, 2013

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teresajmayfield

Date

September 27, 2014

Description

In a wash out between the river and the road.

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What

Wandering Garter Snake Thamnophis elegans ssp. vagrans

Observer

okellhammer

Date

September 30, 2014

Description

This was a small specimen (juvenile) that exhibited unusually aggressive behaviour (rearing up and opening its mouth) after it was encountered on a trail not far from the intertidal zone. Unfortunately it was then killed by the person who came across it, thinking it was a venomous reptile of some kind. I have seen this behaviour before in this species, when they are out in the open Perhaps because they feed in tide pools, the snakes are trying to get warm enough to digest and are thus reluctant to take cover. It really is odd and distinguishes the T. elegans vagrans from the two other garter snake species we have on Cortes Island.

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Western Terrestrial Garter Snake Thamnophis elegans

Observer

tiwane

Date

October 12, 2014 11:54 AM PDT

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What

Western Terrestrial Garter Snake Thamnophis elegans

Observer

dpom

Date

October 1, 2014 08:01 AM PDT

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What

Mountain Garter Snake Thamnophis elegans ssp. elegans

Observer

rdm24

Date

August 26, 2012 02:35 PM PDT

Place

tokopah (Google, OSM)
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Description from Wikipedia

The western terrestrial garter snake (Thamnophis elegans) is a western North American species of colubrid snake. Seven subspecies are currently recognized.

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Conservation Summary

Source: IUCN 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.4. http://www.iucnredlist.org/technical-documents/spatial-data. Downloaded March 2011.