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Valley Gartersnake - Thamnophis sirtalis fitchi

Fox, 1951




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Related or Similar Northwest Snakes:

Puget Sound Gartersnake
Red-spotted Gartersnake
Wandering Gartersnake
Northwestern Gartersnake



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Valley Gartersnake
Adult, Klickitat County, Washington
Valley Gartersnake Valley Gartersnake Valley Gartersnake
  Adult, Klickitat County, Washington  
Valley Gartersnake Valley Gartersnake Valley Gartersnake
Adult, Klickitat County, Washington Adult, Klickitat County, Washington Adult, Klickitat County, Washington
Valley Gartersnake Valley Gartersnake Valley Gartersnake
Juvenile, Kittitas County, Washington Adult with considerable red coloring on the side of the head, Skagit County, Washington © Zachary Lim In some areas, Valley Gartersnakes overwinter in large groups. Here you can see a mass emergence of Valley Gartersnakes and Wandering Gartersnakes in early May, Lincoln County, Wyoming. © Leslie Schreiber
Red-spotted Gartersnake Valley Gartersnake head comparison
Adult, Pacific County, Washington
Adult, Pacific County, Washington Looking at the top of the heads can help to identify these sympatric species on the north coast:
Left: T. sirtalis(Puget Sound Gartersnake subspecies) has a larger longer head with bigger eyes than
Right: T. ordinoides - Northwestern Gartersnake
© Filip Tkaczyk
     
Habitat
Valley Gartersnake habitat Valley Gartersnake habitat Valley Gartersnake habitat
Snake in habitat, 4,100 ft.,
Kittitas County, Washington
Snake in habitat,
Klickitat County, Washington
Habitat, Klickitat County, Washington
Valley Gartersnake habitat Valley Gartersnake habitat Rough-skinned Newt habitat
Habitat, Kittitas County, Washington
Habitat, Klickitat County, Washington Habitat, Pacific County, Washington
     
Short Video
  Valley Gartersnake  
A Valley Gartersnake is discovered resting in the sun near the edge of a mountain pond which is still half-surrounded by snow. When I get too close, the snake races off, showing the speed with which this gartersnake can crawl and swim to safety.
 
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