Golden-headed Garter Snake

Thamnophis chrysocephalus (Cope, 1885)

Spanish Name Culebra de Agua Nómada Cabenza Dorada
Max. Recorded Length 69.2 cm / 27.2 inches
Range Guerrero, Oaxaca, Puebla, Veracruz

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A relatively rare, medium-sized garter snake from the mountains of south-central Mexico, where it has been associated with water. T. chrysocephalus comes in two colour phases: a brown morph with irregular black spots, and a black morph that was briefly considered a separate species, T. eburatus. Not much else is known about this species.

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For general information on keeping garter snakes in captivity, please see the Care Guide.

Articles and News


Liner, Ernest A. 1994. Scientific and Common Names for the Amphibians and Reptiles of Mexico in English and Spanish. SSAR Herpetological Circular No. 23.

Rossman, Douglas A., Neil B. Ford and Richard A. Seigel. 1996. The Garter Snakes: Evolution and Ecology. Norman OK: University of Oklahoma Press.