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Red-stripe Ribbon Snake

The Red-stripe Ribbon Snake, Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus, is a species of garter snake found in the United States, in central Texas. It is semi-aquatic, spending most of its time on the edge of swamps, ponds, lakes, or slow moving streams.

Their diet consists primarily of amphibians, such as the northern cricket frog, but they will also consume lizards and small rodents. They get their common name from the distinctive red stripe down the center of its back. They move fast and are excellent swimmers.

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Red-stripe Ribbon Snake