Eastern Ribbon Snake

Common Name: 
Eastern Ribbon Snake
Scientific Name: 

Thamnophis sauritus

Active Diurnal Snakes

16-35 inches. Slender brown snakes with a dull white to pale tan stripe down the back and pale stripe on each side covering the 3rd and 4th scale rows above the ventral plates; underside whitish; scales keeled and in 19 rows. The white parietal spot tends to be small and divided, and there is a brown or coppery wash on the outer edges of the ventral plates.


Eastern ribbon snakes inhabit open pine woods and mixed pine-hardwood forest, especially in the vicinity of stream bottoms and boggy ground. They give birth to 3-26 young.


Distribution: The Florida Parishes from the upper Amite River area eastward.

Eastern Ribbon Snake