Appearance Summary: Thamnophis cyrtopsis is a species of garter snake that is found in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. It is a small snake, typically reaching lengths of only 12-20 inches. It has a slender body with a black or dark brown back and a yellow or orange stripe running down the center of its back. The sides of the snake are usually a light gray or tan color. The head is usually a darker color than the body and has a distinct yellow or orange stripe running from the eye to the corner of the mouth. The underside of the snake is usually a light yellow or white color.
Facial description: Thamnophis cyrtopsis has a distinct facial pattern with a dark stripe running from the snout to the back of the head, and two light stripes running along the sides of the head. The eyes are large and round, and the snout is pointed. The head is relatively small compared to the body, and the scales are smooth. The coloration of the body is typically gray or brown, with a yellowish or reddish hue.
What are the distinct features of Western Black-necked Garter Snake? Slender body, slender head, small eyes, black and white stripes, no vocalizations, secretive behavior, hides in leaf litter, crevices, and under rocks, active during the day, feeds on small invertebrates
What makes them unique?
Western Black-necked Garter Snake body color description: The most common colors of Thamnophis cyrtopsis are brown, gray, and black.
skin type: The Thamnophis cyrtopsis has a smooth, glossy exterior with a pattern of dark brown, black, and yellow stripes running along its body. Its scales are small and overlapping, giving it a sleek, streamlined appearance.
Strengths: Camouflage, Fast Reflexes, Nocturnal Activity, Heat Sensitivity, Ability to Climb
Weaknesses: Poor vision, Slow moving, Limited habitat, Susceptible to predation, Limited diet, Low reproductive rate