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Old 09-29-03, 08:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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what kind of snake is this

Does anyone know what kind of snake this is. Really pretty, is green on the top half, has darker round spots, a orangish colored stripe down is back and white/grey colored sides I found it in my yard. Im in Orlando,Florida if that helps at all
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Old 09-29-03, 09:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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looks like it might be Thamnophis marcianus
 
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Perhaps a checkered garter? Its a bit fuzzy, but that was my first impression.
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Old 09-29-03, 09:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I dunno, but if you don't plan to put it in a box with adequate heating/water (dunno if it's already being heated) then let it go (if you haven't already)...
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Old 09-29-03, 10:04 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Amen Rev, amen!!! Checkered Garter.
Edit: Checkers don't have a range in Florida, my apologies. More likely an Eastern Garter. Boo enso boo!!!
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Old 09-29-03, 10:10 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yea i would think it would be a Checkered Garter i looked in my book and glanced on what looked like to be the snake in this your photo.
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That's what I thought too, considering T. marcianus aren't found in FL. I say T. sirtalis.
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its defenitly a checkered garter
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Looks like a checkered garter to me.
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Yes, it LOOKS like a Checkered Garter, but checkereds are NOT found in FL!!! Checkereds are found in TX, Mexico and a few areas in the surrounding south west United States, it's not a checkered. Localitys of the Common Garter more specificaly the Eastern locality look like this and they ARE found in FL. So unless it was brought from the west and dropped in his yard in Florida, it can't be. This rant ends...
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Old 09-30-03, 02:58 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I will say, Florida Blue Garter snake, they have various amounts of checkered patterns and have a wide range of color.....Here is a link to a photo of one.......http://freespace.virgin.net/alan.francis2/blue1.htm

Note the heavy pattern of checks

Or it could be, very unlikely (a wild checker) but someones pet snake that they didn't want anymore or got loose. In florida a checkered (I really dont think so) Texas is more like it;

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Old 09-30-03, 03:02 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Agian, just another sub species of Thamnophis sirtalis, Common Garter Snake.
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It's a beautiful snake. If it's wc I think you should let it go. I agree with lilyskip though to. If your going to keep it you should get it the proper heating, hides, and water.
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My first thought was an eastern garter. Check the side stripe. If it's restricted to scales in rows 2 and 3 it's an eastern. If not it's another species of garter.
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Actually you are all wrong its not Thamnophis marcianus (the Cheequred Garter) which ranges in Texas and neighbouring states, parts of arizona and SE Ca, and adjacent parts of mexico......
It is in fact Thamnophis elegans (the TERRESTRIAL Garter snake which can be found in most of the west half of the USA excluding deserts and adjacent parts of SW Canada, so there the eastern garter is not found in SW usa and looks nothing like the one in the pic (although T.e does have widley varying makings)
please dont disagree, i have proof and I wont be very happy
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