Florida Snake Identification Key

Thamnophis sauritus sackeniiEastern Ribbon Snake

NON-VENOMOUS

Scientific name: Thamnophis sauritus (LINNAEUS 1766)

The following will separate the three Eastern Ribbon Snakes found in Florida. If you are unable to distinguish between them based on the characteristics in the key below, you probably can do so using the geographic location alone.

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Pale blue side stripes; Florida Gulf coast from Withlacoochee River to Wakulla County.

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Your snake could be a Bluestripe Ribbon Snake, Thamnophis sauritus nitae.

Yellow side stripes, and yellow or greenish-orange back stripe; Florida panhandle north to New Hampshire and west to Louisiana and Indiana.

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Your snake could be a Eastern Ribbon Snake, Thamnophis sauritus sauritus.

Yellow side stripes, with tan back stripe; peninsular Florida to southern South Carolina

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Your snake could be a Peninsula Ribbon Snake, Thamnophis sauritus sackenii.

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