Checkered Garter Snake
Photo by Greg Sievert
Used by permission

Checkered Garter Snake
Thamnophis marcianus

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State Status:

  • Range: Kansas range map for Checkered Garter Snake
    Dark Blue = Counties with designated critical habitat
    Light Blue = Historical records
  • Comments: The unique checkerboard pattern on the checkered garter snake separates it from the typical lined pattern of other garter snakes. The checkered garter snake is more likely to be active at night than other garter snakes. This snake gives birth to 6-18 live young in June or July measuring 9-10 inches long. The checkered garter snake is found in open grassland habitats near water. It occurs in Kansas from the southcentral region west to the Colorado border.
  • Read more about this species in The Snake's Burrow!

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