Books and Stories by Gordon Grice
Beautiful photos of one of America's most common and yet little-encountered snakes--the red-bellied snake (Storeria occipitimaculata.) These snakes are specialist slug-eaters (though they are known to grudgingly accept earthworms from time to time) that spend most of their time hiding under rotting wood, leaf litter, rocks, etc. The ribbon snakes (Thamnophis sauritus or T. proximus, depending upon where in the country you are) belong to the genus of garter snakes; they are slimmer and more lightly built than most other garter snakes and are primarily snakes of aquatic environments where they prey on fish and amphibians.
Are these guys common everywhere in the US? I would really love to have one set up housekeeping in my Hosta bed. It would eat well there. (Dee)
Not the whole US, but a lot of it, including your area. Alos found in much of Canada, and Croco says in Mexico as well.
That is good to know, Thanks! (Dee)
I stand corrected. Thanks, James.
These guys are found around here as well :>