Northern Ribbon Snake

The Northern Ribbon Snake, Thamnophis sauritus septentrionalis, is a species of garter snake and occurs in the United States and Canada. It can be found in southern Maine, Michigan, New York, northern Ohio and Indiana, in the United States and southern Ontario in Canada. Ribbon Snakes inhabit marshes or live near the edges of lakes, ponds, and streams.

It is a slender black or brown snake with three bright yellow or white stripes on its back. The head is black, with the scales alongside the mouth being white. The underside is also white or light yellow. Adult ribbon snakes are 18 to 38 inches in length.

They swim well and their diet includes frogs, tadpoles, salamanders, and small fish. Northern ribbon snakes have from 3 to 26 young which are born in late summer. The young snakes are 7 to 9 inches long and are colored the same as the adults.