Thamnophis proximus, commonly known as the Western Ribbon Snake, is a species of nonvenomous snake found in western North America. It is a slender snake, typically measuring between 18 and 30 inches in length, with a yellowish-green or olive-green back and sides, and a white or yellowish-white belly. It has three yellow stripes running along its back, one in the middle and one on each side. It is found in a variety of habitats, including grasslands, woodlands, and wetlands, and is active during the day. Its lifespan is typically between 5 and 10 years, and its current population is stable.
Name Origin: The scientific name of this organism, Thamnophis proximus, is derived from the Greek words "thamnos" meaning "bush" and "proximus" meaning "nearest". This is likely in reference to the fact that this organism is commonly found in shrubby habitats.
Related Species: Thamnophis sirtalis, Thamnophis elegans, Thamnophis radix, Thamnophis atratus, Thamnophis couchii, Thamnophis marcianus, Thamnophis ordinoides