Thamnophis sirtalis, commonly known as the common garter snake, is a species of colubrid snake found in North America. It is typically green, brown, or black in color with a yellow or white stripe running down its back and sides. It has a slender body and can reach lengths of up to 3 feet. It is found in a variety of habitats, including grasslands, forests, and wetlands. Its lifespan is typically 3-4 years in the wild, and its current population is stable.
Name Origin: The scientific name of the organism, Thamnophis sirtalis, is derived from the Greek words "thamnos" meaning "bush" and "ophis" meaning "snake". The species name, sirtalis, is derived from the Latin word "sirte" meaning "a kind of snake". This name was given to the organism due to its habitat of living in bushes and shrubs.
Related Species: Thamnophis atratus, Thamnophis couchii, Thamnophis marcianus, Thamnophis ordinoides, Thamnophis proximus, Thamnophis radix, Thamnophis sauritus, Thamnophis scalaris