Species group: Garter and Ribbon Snakes
Other common names: Redstripe Ribbon Snake; Red-striped Ribbon Snake
Scientific name: Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus
The Red Stripe Ribbon Snake is a subspecies of garter snake found in the southern United States. It is semi-aquatic, spending most of its time on the edge of permanent bodies of water: Swamps, ponds, lakes, or slow moving streams. Their primary diet is amphibians, such as the northern cricket frog, (Acris crepitans), but they will also consume lizards, and small rodents. They get their common name from the distinctive red stripe down the center of their back. They are fast moving, and excellent swimmers.
Appearance / health:
The Redstripe Ribbon Snake averages around two to three feet in length. It has a distinctive red stripe down the center of the back. There is a pale lateral stripe on each side on the body running along scale rows 3 and 4 above the belly.
Like other ribbon snakes, Red-striped Ribbon Snakes eat fish, frogs, earthworms and salamanders.
beautiful snake, beautiful red stripe, advanced hobbyists, beautiful creature, naturalistic terrariums
West Texas, snake swimming, semi aquatic snake
A Colorful, Active Fish-Eater
This beautiful creature exhibits characteristics of North America’s watersnakes and garter snakes, to which it is related. It is just as interesting, active as the garters, less irascible than the watersnakes, but a bit more delicate than either. However, the red-striped ribbon snake is a good choice for keepers with a bit of related experience under their belts, and for advanced hobbyists as well. Unfortunately, most in the trade are wild-caught, but this will hopefully change as more people discover these attractive live-bearers.
Ribbon snakes are, like most garters and watersnakes, best observed rather than handled. Despite their small size, they are quite active and show themselves to best advantage in large, naturalistic terrariums with a water area large enough for soaking. My experiences indicate that low levels of UVB may be beneficial. They do fine at temperatures of 74-78, with a basking site of 82-84 F. Many folks have reared them successfully on goldfish or shiners alone, but I prefer to earthworms and tropical and native fish to the diet. Areas of moist sphagnum moss and dry retreats should be available to your ribbon snakes..
From findiviglio Jan 14 2016 5:05PM