Ribbon snake

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Ribbon Snake
Eastern Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis sauritus sauritus)
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Subphylum:Vertebrata
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata
Suborder:Serpentes
Family:Colubridae
Subfamily:Natricinae
Genus:Thamnophis
Species:T. sauritus
Binomial name
Thamnophis sauritus
(Linnaeus, 1766)[1]
Subspecies

4, see text

Synonyms
 
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Ribbon Snake
Eastern Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis sauritus sauritus)
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Subphylum:Vertebrata
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata
Suborder:Serpentes
Family:Colubridae
Subfamily:Natricinae
Genus:Thamnophis
Species:T. sauritus
Binomial name
Thamnophis sauritus
(Linnaeus, 1766)[1]
Subspecies

4, see text

Synonyms

The Ribbon Snake or Ribbonsnake (Thamnophis sauritus) is a common species of snake endemic to eastern North America. It averages 16–35 in (41–89 cm) in length and is a member of the garter snake genus (Thamnophis).[4]

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Subspecies

There are four recognized subspecies of ribbon snake:

Captivity

Ribbon snakes are also common pets. They are easily found in pet shops for up to 30 dollars. A single snake can fit in a ten gallon terrarium (aquariums work but terrariums are meant for reptiles). They are also very docile.

Food

Ribbon Snakes have a diverse diet consisting of worms, slugs, minnows, insects, small mice, fish, and toads.

References

  1. ^ Thamnophis sauritus, Reptile Database
  2. ^ Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History). Volume I., Containing the Families...Colubridæ Aglyphæ, part... Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). London. xiii + 448 pp. + Plates I. - XXVIII. (Tropidonotus saurita, pp. 212-214.)
  3. ^ Ruthven, A.G. 1908. Variations and Genetic Relationships of the Garter-snakes. Bull. US Nat. Mus., 61: 1-201, 82 figures.
  4. ^ Conant, R. 1975. A Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern and Central North America, Second Edition. Houghton Mifflin. Boston. xviii + 429 pp. (Thamnophis sauritus, pp. 164-165, Plate 23, Map 119.)

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