Thamnophis valida

Scientific name:
Thamnophis validavalida

Dutch name:
Mexicaanse Westkustkousebandslang

English name:
Westcoast Garter Snake/Mexican Pacific Lowlands Garter Snake

German name:
Mexikanische Westküsten-Strumpfbandnatter

Subspecies:
Thamnophis valida celaeno
Thamnophis valida isabellae
Thamnophis valida thamnophisoides
Thamnophis valida valida

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Range:
Thamnophis valida celaeno – the southernmost point of Baja California.
Thamnophis valida isabellae – from south-western Jalisco to the environment of Acapulco, Guerero.
Thamnophis valida thamnophisoides – only known from Rio San Cayetano in the area of Tepic, Nayarit.
Thamnophis valida valida – From Rio Yaqui in southern Sonora south to the surrounding area of San Blas, Nayarit.

Habitat:
Typical lowland inhabitant who prefers permanent water such as streams, lakes and canals. Lives in the surroundings of all kinds of forest.
Is found on the coast and in the mangrove forests and also in the shallow, brackish waters.

Food:
Amphibians and fish.

Reproduction:
The young are born in the months of June, July and August. These are 16 to 22 cm long at birth. Further no data available.

Terrarium:
No clear data available.
Given the character and the waterfront lifestyle a large terrarium with a large water basin, shelters and climbing branches seems to be right.

Specifics:
Average length 70 cm. up to a maximum to about 100 cm.
Occurs at altitudes between 0 and 1200 meters.

Thamnophis valida can be considered as a water-related garter snake.
These snakes are quite defensive and bite quickly.
I during a long period considered as Natrix (Nerodia). According to the latest conceptions, obtained by biochemical research, it is a Thamnophis species. It is a kind of intermediate form between Nerodia and Thamnophis. Although the anal scale is divided, yet this species is more akin to Thamnophis than Nerodia.
This species seems to be especially active at night. The subspecies Thamnophis valida celaeno is more diurnal than other subspecies.
Only the subspecies Thamnophis valida thamnophisoides is found in the higher areas of  the distribution area of this species.

 


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