Thamnophis sauritus sauritus
** Harmless **
|Common Name:||Common Ribbonsnake|
|Scientific Name:||Thamnophis sauritus sauritus|
|Genus:||Thamnophis is derived from the Greek words thamnos which means "bush" and ophio meaning "snake".|
|Species:||sauritus is derived from the Greek word sauros meaning "lizard", referring to the long lizard-like tail.|
|Subspecies:||sauritus is derived from the Greek word sauros meaning "lizard", referring to the long lizard-like tail.|
|Vernacular Names:||Little garter snake, saurite snake, slender grater snake, slim garter snake, spotted ribbon-snake, striped water snake, swift garter snake, swift streaked snake, water garter snake, yellow-headed garter snake.|
|Average Length:||18 - 26 in. (45.7 - 66 cm)|
|Virginia Record Length:||38.2 in (97 cm)|
|Record length:||38 in. (96.5 cm)|
Virginia Wildlife Action Plan Rating Tier IV - Moderate Conservation Need - The species may be rare in parts of its range, particularly on the periphery. Populations of these species have demonstrated a significant declining trend or one is suspected which, if continued, is likely to qualify this species for a higher tier in the foreseeable future. Long-term planning is necessary to stabilize or increase populations.
Common Ribbonsnake vs. Eastern Gartersnake
Virginia Fish and Wildlife Information Service: Species Booklet
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