Texas Garter Snake
The Texas Garter Snake, Thamnophis sirtalis annectens, is a subspecies of the common garter snake. It is found largely in eastern and central Texas, with a small population in Kansas. They are earthly and generally found in dry, lightly wooded areas.
The Texas Garter Snake is commonly mistaken for other garter snake species. They have a greenish-black body with a distinctive bright orange or red stripe down the center and yellowish stripes on either side. They are generally not aggressive, and when handled will often flail about wildly to try to escape. It will sometimes release a foul smelling musk from its anal ventral cavity.
Photo by LA Dawson