• Length: 20-28 inches
• Number of offspring : 5-60
• Typical Foods: frogs, salamanders, and small rodents
• Ohio Status: Endangered
Gartersnakes--close relatives of the watersnake--are slender, medium-sized species which may attain a length of a yard or more, but are usually 18 to 26 inches long. Normally they have yellowish stripes on a dark background, but coloration and pattern are extremely variable. A distinctive feature of the Plains gartersnake is the lateral stripes along the third and fourth rows of scales.
Habitat and Habits
These snakes occur in a wide variety of moist habitats--in wet woodlands, meadows, bogs, and marshes, and along drainage ditches and streams.
Reproduction and Care of the Young
Plains gartersnakes mate in the spring and fall. Young are born July-September, each measuring about 6.5 - 7.5 inches long.