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Common Gartersnake

Common Gartersnake

Thamnophis sirtalis
This snake is generally black in color with a yellow stripe along the center of the back and often some red or orange barring along the sides. The mid-body scale row count is typically 19 (nine on each side plus top row, 9 + 9 + 1 = 19). The Common Gartersnake can be found in shaded forests and in more humid habitats than the Northwestern Gartersnake, and is often encountered near water, feeding upon frogs, fish, leeches, earthworms and other invertebrates.

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