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I agree: T.s. parietalis


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Posted by Ming on January 03, 2003 at 21:02:46:

In Reply to: Re: canadian garter posted by JDT on December 25, 2002 at 21:57:25:

I agree, you most likely have Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis.
they're probably one of the northernmost species of snakes in north america, and they have a very interesting life history which involves mass hibernation and a mass exodus/breeding in the springtime. try looking them up on the internet sometime. they also go by the common name red-sided garter snake, but they're not really that red if you ask me.

-ming

:Most likely what you have is a red-sided garter(T.s.parietalis). Despite the name "red-sided", most Canadian specimens are just black with the yellow stripes, unlike the parietalis of the midwestern lower 48's.

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