Wandering Garter Snake (Thamnophis elegans vagrans)
- water courses south and west of the Red Deer River; scattered populations further north along Athabasca River and Peace River.
- slender and elongate body; eight upper labial scales; diffused lateral stripes on second and third rows of dorsal scales.
- margins of water and associated uplands; close to water.
- predatory: invertebrates, fish, amphibians, small mammals.
- mating in spring in communal hibernacula; viviparous; 10-15 young born in August.
Status in Alberta
- common but localized populations; least abundant among the three Thamnophis.
Other Internet Resources
- Anonymous. 1996. The status of Alberta wildlife. Wildlife Management Division Report. Alberta Environmental Protection, Govertment of Alberta.
- Russell, A. P., and A. M. Bauer. in press. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Alberta: A Field Guide and Primer of Boreal Herpetology. University of Calgary Press. 2nd Edition.
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