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REPTILES

Black Bayou Lake NWR

WESTERN RIBBON SNAKES

Thamnophis proximus

At A Glance

  • IDENTIFICATION: Slender black or brown body, green or brown stripes, a whitish underside, distinct spots on top of the head, round pupils
  • COMMONLY CONFUSED WITH: Grass snakes, garter snakes
  • CONSERVATION STATUS: Least Concern - Population Stable
  • DIET: Frogs, toads, salamanders, tadpoles, small fish
  • HABITAT: Near ditches, lakes, marshes, ponds, sloughs, streams, swamps
  • BREEDING: July - September, live birth of 4 - 27 snakes
  • BEHAVIOR: Hunts in vegetation near water; most active during rainfall; hibernate in empty burrows, ant mounds, crayfish holes, and rocky crevices
  • SPECIAL SKILLS: Shedding its tail to evade predators
  • THREATS: Large fish, weasels, wading birds, raptors, milk snakes, racers, eastern hognose snakes, cottonmouths, rattlesnakes
  • SEASONS FOR VIEWING IN NORTH LOUISIANA: Spring, Summer, Fall