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Thamnophis elegans

Western Terrestrial Garter Snake

Venomous 💀💀 Harmful bite ref
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  • Length Adult

  • up to 107 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • unknown
  • Reproduction

  • viviparous ref
  • Pupil Shape (when closed!)

  • round (or oval) ref

Altitude range

Vertical distribution

0 to 3200 meter above sea level (a.s.l.) ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Thamnophis elegans  ALABAMA Chintokchákkosi, BILOXI NdÉsi Kdè'xi, CAJUN FRENCH Serpent D'eau, CENTRAL NAHUATL Acoate, CENTRAL TARAHUMARA Baka Ra Chi, Baku Suri, Macarachi, CHICKASAW Sinti' Okchamali', Sintokchama'li, CHOCTAW Pachàlhpàli, Sinti Basoa, DUTCH Kousenbandslang, ENGLISH American Garter Snake, American Ribbon Snake, Arizona Garter Snake, Arizona Wandering Garter Snake, Culebra Americana, Dusky Garter Snake, Elegant Garter Snake, Elegant Wandering Garter Snake, Garter Snake, Mountain Wandering Garter Snake, North American Garter Snake, Ribbon Snake, Striped Snake, Terrestrial Garter Snake, Upper Basin Garter Snake, Wandering Garter Snake, Water Snake, Western Terrestrial Garter Snake, FINNISH Sukkanauhakäärmeet, FRENCH Couleuvre De L'Ouest, Jarretière, Serpent Jarretière, GERMAN Bergstrumpfbandnatter, Gewöhnlich Strumpfbandnatter, Strumpfbandnatter, KOASATI Cintó Sapsiwá, NEZ PERCE Pelqé Kex Sílu, Pelqé Ykex Sílu, OSAGE We' Ts'a Gthe çe, PIMA BAJO WamaD, SENECA Shanôyáénë', SPANISH Culebra De Agua, Culebra De Agua Nómada, Culebra De Agua Nómada De Arizona, Culebra De Agua Nómada Occidental Terrestre, Culebra Palustre, Jarretera, Serpiente De Jarretera, Serpiente Listada De Amarillo, SWEDISH Strumpefandssnck, TOHONO O'ODHAM WamaD, ZAPOTEC Bel Yitw ñina ref
Thamnophis elegans elegans ENGLISH Boyd's Garter Snake, California Garter Snake, Elegant Garter Snake, Mountain Garter Snake, Single Stripe Garter Snake, SPANISH Jarretera Montañera ref
Thamnophis elegans vagrans ENGLISH Gray Garter Snake, Great Basin Garter Snake, Green Garter Snake, Intermontain Wandering Garter Snake, Large Head Stripe Snake, Pueget Sound Garter Snake, Spotted Riband Snake, Wandering Garter Snake, Western Garter Snake, FRENCH Couleuvre De L'Ouest, GERMAN Bergstrumpfbandnatter, SPANISH Culebra De Agua Nómada, SWEDISH Vandrande Strumpebandssnok ref
Thamnophis elegans hueyi ENGLISH Huey's Garter Snake, San Pedro Martir Garter Snake, SPANISH Culebra De Agua Nómada De San Pedro Martir ref
Thamnophis elegans terrestris ENGLISH Coast Garter Snake, GERMAN Bergstrumpfbandnatter, SPANISH Culebra De Auga Nómada De La Coasta ref

Full Taxonomy

  • I. Superfamily Colubroidea

  • Colubrids, elapids and vipers
  • II. Family Colubridae

  • Colubrids
  • III. Subfamily Natricinae

  • Natricinae
  • IV. Genus Thamnophis

  • Garter snakes
  • V. Species Thamnophis elegans

  • Western Terrestrial Garter Snake
  • VI. snakeID

  • 3300
Look up complete taxonomic records of Thamnophis elegans (including synonyms) at THE REPTILE DATABASE (by Peter Uetz et al).