Mexican Alpine Blotched Garter Snake

Thamnophis scalaris Cope, 1861

Alternate Name Long-tailed Alpine Garter Snake
Spanish Name Culebra de Agua Nómada de Cola-larga Alpestre
Max. Recorded Length 60.1 cm / 23.7 inches (SVL)
Range Hidalgo, Jalisco, Mexico, Mexico City, Michoacan, Morelos, Puebla, Tlaxcala, Veracruz

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Eats lizards.


Captive Care

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

Articles and News

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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.