Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis) NON-VENOMOUS, live-bearing. Tanner the English setter found this guy this morning amid some spanish needles, invasive ferns, azaleas, desmodium sp. I could see he was interested in something beyond sticks. He didn’t bother with it and it didn’t bother with him. These are pretty snakes with a hint of blue coloring.

From personal observation I have seen one of these attempt to eat a cuban treefrog (resulting in death of the treefrog YAY!!!). I’m hoping it continues this diet, although I’m pretty sure it is more enamoured with the southern toads under the house. My take: http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/talk-about-stuffedthe-things-i-find-in-my-garden.html (NOT FOR THE FEINT OF HEART).

Learn: http://srelherp.uga.edu/snakes/thasir.htm

http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/herpetology/fl-snakes/list/thamnophis-sirtalis-sirtalis/

Diet: earthworms, small fishes, frogs, and salamanders

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