University of Massachusetts Amherst

Snake of Massachusetts

Striped Snakes

Is the Snake…

  • Slender with a long tail and brilliant stripes, distinct dark stripes separate belly from yellow side stripes; often associated with wetlands; moderately common. (18-26", up to 38")?

    picture Ribbon Snake scales
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  • Not particularly slender, with either distinct yellow stripes or a more checkered appearance and no bold dark stripes between belly and sides; uses a variety of habitats; very common (18-26", up to 48")?

    picture Garter Snakes scales
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