Blackneck Garter Snake

Thamnophis cyrtopsisBlack Neck Garter Snake

Description: Blackneck Garter Snakes are a dark grey to olive colored snake with a yellow orange dorsal stipe running down their back and a light grey or cream stripe down each side of the body. These snakes get their common name from the two black patches located behind their head. Adult Blackneck Garter Snakes can reach up to 3.5 feet in length.

Range: Southern Colorado and Utah down through Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas all the way south to Guatemala

Habitat: Often found near water sources such as streams, ponds, and lakes.

Zoo: Minnows
Wild: These snakes eat a diet of mainly frogs, toads, tadpoles, and small fish but have also been known to eat lizards, crayfish, and earth worms.

Reproduction: Mating occurs in the spring after snakes emerge from hibernation. Females will then give birth to 3-22 live young.