Liner’s Garter Snake

Thamnophis lineri Rossman and Burbrink, 2005

Spanish Name Víbora de Agua
Range Oaxaca

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Liner’s Garter Snake is limited to high-elevation forest habitat in the Sierra de Juárez in central Oaxaca. It was previously considered a population of Godman’s Garter Snake, Thamnophis godmani, until Rossman and Burbrink’s 2005 paper reassigned four populations of T. godmani into four separate species — T. bogerti, T. conanti, T. godmani and T. lineri — on the grounds that each population was morphologically distinct and geographically isolated from the others. Very little is known about the four species in this complex.

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

Articles and News


Rossman, Douglas A. and Frank T. Burbrink. 2005. “Species limits within the Mexican garter snakes of the Thamnophis godmani complex.” Occasional Papers of the Museum of Natural Science 79.

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