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Wandering Gartersnake - Thamnophis elegans vagrans

(Baird and Girard, 1853)




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Related or Similar Northwest Snakes:

Northwestern Gartersnake
Valley Gartersnake
Puget Sound Gartersnake
Red-spotted Gartersnake

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  Adult, Spokane County, Washington   Adult, Paiute County, Utah
© Patrick Briggs
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Adult, Park County, Wyoming Adult, Bannock County, Idaho
© Patrick Briggs
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Adult, Thurston County, Washington
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Adult, Spokane County
© Jeremiah Easter
Adult, Yakima County
© Jeremiah Easter
Albino adult © Patrick Briggs An amelanistic adult, Bannock County, Idaho © Patrick Briggs
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In some areas, Wandering Gartersnakes overwinter in large groups. Here you can see a mass emergence of Wandering Gartersnakes and Valley Gartersnakes in early May, Lincoln County, Wyoming. © Leslie Schreiber Intergrade of the Mountain Gartersnake - T. e. elegans and the Wandering Gartersnake - T. e. vagrans.

Found in northern Siskiyou and Modoc counties in California and in south central Oregon, this intergrade was once considered a unique subspecies: Thamnophis elegans biscutatus - Klamath Gartersnake. Click on the link above to view more pictures of this snake.

Adult, Boise County, Idaho
© John Bachman
 
       
Wandering Gartersnakes from the Puget Sound with Dark Ground Color
(Dark nigrescens variation - formerly recognized as the subspecies Thamnophis elegans nigrescens
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Dark nigrescens variation adult, Pierce County, Washington
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Dark nigrescens variation adult,  Pierce County, Washington Dark nigrescens variation adult,
Pierce County, Washington
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  Dark nigrescens variation adult, Pierce County, Washington  
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Dark nigrescens variation adult,
Pierce County, Washington
Dark nigrescens variation adult in habitat, Pierce County, Washington Dark nigrescens variation adult, Pierce County, Washington (on top right) with sympatric Puget Sound Gartersnake, Thamnophis sirtalis pickeringii (on bottom left.)  
       
Habitat
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Habitat, Pierce County, Washington
Habitat, 7,800 ft. Park County, Wyoming Habitat, Pierce County, Washington Habitat, Thurston County, Washington
Wandering Gartersnake habitat      
Habitat, Thurston County, Washington      
       
Short Videos
   
Wandering Gartersnakes found beside a creek in the mountains of Arizona. A melanistic Wandering Gartersnake found in Washington State.    
       
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