Eastern Gartersnake

An Eastern Gartersnake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis) spotted in the woods along the path between the boardwalk and the observation tower at Huntley Meadows Park. According to the Virginia Herpetological Society, the Eastern Gartersnake can be differentiated from the Common Ribbonsnake by the presence of “dark vertical lines on the margins of the supralabial scales.”

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Louisa,” a good friend and fellow Project Noah spotter, is shown photographing the same snake (see Photos 5-6 in the preceding gallery).

Copyright © 2012 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved. www.wsanford.com

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