Mexican Garter Snake

Scientific Name: Thamnophis Eques

Mexican Garter Snake

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Mexican Garter snake also known as Thamnophis eque scientifically, is a unique species of snake common in Mexico. It is a non-venomous snake with stout body usually brown or greenish-brown; the back has stripes running parallel to each other. The head has a large patch separated from its mouth by greenish crescent. It has subspecies, which include Southern Mexican Garter Snake, Northern Mexican Garter Snake, and Blue-striped Mexican Garter Snake. It has round pupils and a smart pattern of dark patches that run parallel down to the tail. Thamnophis eques is among the most widespread species of snakes in the western regions. This snake is endangered in Arizona and parts of New Mexico. It was once encountered in many regions of sub-Mongolian drainage in Arizona. However, it currently remains in some few locations across the globe. An adult measures a length of up to 112 cm. It feeds on small mammals, fish, and leopard frogs. Currently, Thamnophis eques is rated as a Species of Concern by the United States fish and wildlife services.

Mexican Garter Snakes Are Beautiful Creatures

Mexican Garter Snake

Facts About Mexican Garter Snakes

Geographic Location

This species ranges from southeastern and central Arizona, Mexico, Sonoita grasslands, southern region of San Rafael, Agua Fria, Verde Rivers, Oak Creek, and some regions of the Black and Salt Rivers.


The Mexican Garter snake is commonly found in arid regions with grassland vegetation, along streams in valleys, and sometimes in desert and low woodland areas.


This species thrives well in daylight and forages during the mid-morning period. It hibernates during winter. It burrows and hides the head to keep off from predators.


Thamnophis eques mates in spring and the females give birth to young ones between June and July.


The Mexican Garter Snake is an excellent captive. The snake is also shy and keeps away from potential harm including avoiding any confrontation with humans.

Mexican Garter Snake
Snakes can’t bite food so they have to swallow it whole.