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Puget Sound Gartersnake - Thamnophis sirtalis pickeringii

(Baird and Girard, 1853)




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Dark Blue = range of T. s. pickeringii
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Related or Similar Northwest Snakes:

Valley Gartersnake
Red-spotted Gartersnake
Wandering Gartersnake
Northwestern Gartersnake



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  Juvenile, Pierce County, Washington  
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  Adult, Pierce County, Washington  
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  Adult, Pierce County, Washington  
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  Large dark adult with almost no dorsal stripe, Pierce County, Washington  
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Large dark adult with almost no dorsal stripe, Pierce County, Washington Adult, Pierce County, Washington
Puget Sound Gartersnake Puget Sound Gartersnake Puget Sound Gartersnake Puget Sound Gartersnake
Adult, Pierce County, Washington Adult, Pierce County, Washington Adult, Pierce County, Washington Adult, Tiger Mtn.,
King County, Washington
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Adult, Pierce County, Washington Adult, Pierce County, Washington Adult, Federal Way,
King County, Washington
Puget Sound Gartersnake Common Gartersnake Common Gartersnake Puget Sound and Wandering gartersnakes
Adults, Pierce County, Washington These two Common Gartersnakes were found at the same location in Pacific County, Washington, which is shown in field guides as an intergrade zone with the Red-spotted Gartersnake, T. s. concinnus.

Adult, Pierce County, Washington (on bottom left) with sympatric dark nigrescens variation Wandering Gartersnake, T. e. vagrans, also found in the Puget Sound.
Puget Sound Gartersnake Puget Sound Gartersnake    
Adult beginning to shed its skin, which begins at the tip of the nose.
© Filip Tkaczyk
Looking at the top of the heads can help to identify these sympatric species:

T. sirtalis - Common Gartersnake (Left) has a larger longer head with bigger eyes than T. ordinoides - Northwestern Gartersnake (Right.)

© Filip Tkaczyk
   
       
Habitat
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Habitat - grassy clearing in woods near
a marsh - Pierce County, Washington
Habitat, King County, Washington Habitat, Pierce County, Washington Habitat, Pierce County, Washington
Puget Sound Gartersnake Puget Sound Gartersnake    
Adult in habitat, Pierce County, Washington    
 
Short Videos
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A large dark Puget Sound Gartersnake in Pierce County Washington. Looks at several Puget Sound Gartersnakes in Pierce County Washington.    
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