Thamnophis sirtalis

The Common Garter Snake, common and widespread in New Hampshire, is a small striped snake measuring 18-26 inches. It has variable color patterns but typically has 2-3 yellow, brownish, or greenish stripes running vertically down the top and sides of the snake. May also have variable black spots between the stripes.
Found in a variety of habitats including woodlands, hillsides, wetlands, backyards, and even urban areas. Will use a variety of cover objects for shelter including rocks, logs, stumps and other debris.
Breeding may occur in spring or fall. Ten to 40 live young are born from July to September. Hibernation may be solitary or communal in rock crevices, holes, stumps, or foundations. Information from New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.


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Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Jul 12, 2008 4:33 pm - Voted 10/10


Wow, what a shot! It's almost like he is posing for you.
Greetings, Anya.


sunfish - Jul 12, 2008 5:28 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Great!

Hiya Anya!

Yes, he sure did keep his eye on me but didn't want to leave the sun-warmed rocks he was on. Most of the snakes around here are harmless and fun to run across (but never over!).



lcarreau - Jul 12, 2008 8:54 pm - Voted 10/10

Looks like the

snake is saying:
"Thanks for not 'treading' on me!"


sunfish - Jul 12, 2008 9:13 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Looks like the

Or ramming a Humvee a mile up a mountain trail to run him over!

Dow Williams

Dow Williams - Jul 19, 2008 8:12 am - Voted 10/10

common snake...

but what an uncommon pic...good job! cheers


sunfish - Jul 19, 2008 4:45 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: common snake...

Thanks Dow, I was fortunate he let me get close enough to take the shot.

Dow Williams

Dow Williams - Jul 19, 2008 5:43 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: common snake...

they could not publish a better photo showing this snake in a wildlife journal....just took another look reading your response...very cool

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