A Long Black Snake With A Red Stripe Down The Back, What Kind Of Snake Is This?


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Abi Ainscough answered
This snake sounds like a Texas Garter Snake which is a subspecies of the common garter snake from the United States. It is most commonly found in eastern and central Texas, with a smaller population in Kansas. They are a terrestrial species, generally found in dry, lightly wooded areas.

Garter snakes are completely harmless, and members of the colubrid family and are easily mistaken for other garter snake species. They have a greenish-black back with a distinctive bright orange or red stripe down the center and yellowish stripes on either side of the body.

They are generally not aggressive, and if handled will often flail about wildly to try to escape and release a foul-smelling musk from their cloaca.

Garter snakes have complex systems of phenomenal communication. They can find other snakes by following their pheromone-scented trails. Male and female skin pheromones are so different as to be immediately distinguishable. However, sometimes male garter snakes produce both male and female pheromones. During mating season, this fact fools other males into attempting to mate with these "she-males". This causes the transfer of heat to them in kleptothermy which is an advantage immediately after hibernation so allowing them to be more active. She-males have been shown to garner more copulations than normal males in the mating balls that form at the den when females emerge into the mating melee.

If disturbed, a garter snake may coil and strike, but typically it will hide its head and flail its tail. These snakes will also discharge a malodorous, musky-scented secretion from a gland near the anus. They often use these techniques to escape when ensnared by a predator. They will also slither into the water to escape a predator on land. Hawks, crows, raccoons, crayfish and other snake species such as the coral snake and king snake will eat garter snakes, with even shrews and frogs eating the juveniles.

Being heterothermic, like all reptiles, garter snakes bask in the sun to regulate their body temperature. During hibernation, garter snakes typically occupy large, communal sites called hibernacula. These snakes will migrate large distances to brumate.

Below is a link to a picture of a Texas Garter snake:
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Anonymous answered
I hope this was my question lol.. I live in Alabama south of birmingham,  I  have a small lake in behind my house.The snake was no larger than a #2 pencil.  Appeared to be shedding a little.. I don't mind snakes, I just want to know what to look out for. I can't seem to identify this one.. Kind of looks like a red ribbon, but no other markings besides the red strip down the backbone.
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Anonymous answered
This sounds like a Texas Garder Snake.  They are usually black with a red stripe down their back.  Some have a few yellowish specks and thin yellow stripes on side areas.
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Kass answered
It really helps to know what area you in, because you could have a certain kind of snake in one area that you wont find fifty miles away in a similar area. It could be a type of garter snake, or a ribbon snake, or even a red backed salamander. (If you are just seeing them on the ground, sometimes they have their legs tucked under them.) If you can, take a picture and post it and/or tell what general area you are in and that will help narrow it down. Thanks!

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