Western Ribbonsnake

Thamnophis proximus ssp.

Western Ribbon Snake

Western Ribbon Snake from Brazos County, Texas

The Western Ribbonsnake is a very common snake in the Brazos Valley.  It is the most common predominantly striped snake in the area.  It is usually found near water, but can occasionally be found some distance from open water.

There is quite a bit of variation in the color of the middorsal stripe in the Ribbonsnakes in our area.  Some snakes will have a bronze-yellow stripe, some will have a greenish yellow stripe, and others can have a reddish orange stripe.  Ribbonsnakes frequently have a blue/green wash to the white areas, as seen in the face of the above snake.

Ribbonsnakes are alert, fast moving snakes that will occasionally bite when handled, although their small size makes the bites inconsequential.

Western Ribbon Snake

Western Ribbon Snake from Brazos County, Texas

Western Ribbon Snake

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