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Western Black-necked Gartersnake -
Thamnophis cyrtopsis cyrtopsis

(Kennicott, 1860)
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Western Black-necked Gartersnake Western Black-necked Gartersnake Western Black-necked Gartersnake
Adult, Huachuca Mountains,
Cochise County, Arizona
Adult, Pajarito Mountains,
Santa Cruz County, Arizona
Juvenile, Mt. Lemmon,
Pima County, Arizona
Western Black-necked Gartersnake Western Black-necked Gartersnake Western Black-necked Gartersnake
Adult eating a Chiricahua Leopard Frog, Pajarito Mountains, Santa Cruz County, Arizona
(See this snake eating on video below)
Western Black-necked Gartersnake Western Black-necked Gartersnake Western Black-necked Gartersnake
Adult in a cattle pond, Pajarito Mountains, Santa Cruz County, Arizona Adult, Huachuca Mountains,
Cochise County, Arizona, after regurgitating several tadpoles.
   
Habitat
Western Black-necked Gartersnake habitat Western Black-necked Gartersnake habitat Western Black-necked Gartersnake habitat
Habitat, Pajarito Mountains,
Santa Cruz County, Arizona
Habitat, Pima County, Arizona
Habitat, Pajarito Mountains,
Santa Cruz County, Arizona
  Western Black-necked Gartersnake habitat  
  Habitat, Huachuca Mountains,
Cochise County, Arizona
 
     
Short Video
Western Black-necked Gartersnake Western Black-necked Gartersnake Western Black-necked Gartersnake
A Western Black-necked Gartersnake is discovered in the middle of swallowing a Chiricahua Leopard Frog, back legs first, at the edge of a slow creek in the Pajarito Mountains of Arizona. The snake swims across the creek to finish eating, then swims into some roots to hide.



A brief look at a snake resting in a cattle-trampled Arizona pond (which was full of Chiricahua Leopard Frogs.) A juvenile Black-necked Gartersnake in the Pajarito Mountains of Arizona climbs down a large rock and dives into a the pool of a drying creek where many small fish present a dining opportunity.
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