Thamnophis brachystoma

Scientific name:
Thamnophis brachystomabrachystoma

Dutch name:
Kortkopkousebandslang

English name:
Shorthead Garter Snake

German name:
Kurzkopf-Strumpfbandnatter

Subspecies:
None

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Range:
North-westernPensylvania and south-western New York. There are also some introduced populations, amongst others in the neighbourhood of Pittsburg, Ohio.

Habitat:
Occurs mainly in open areas such as rocky areas, pastures and meadows. Within these areas, they generally live near water. They usually avoid densely vegetated areas and forests.

Food:
Mainly earthworms, but sometimes also other invertebrates such as snails.

Reproduction:
Between late July and September 4 to 15 young per litter are born. They are about 10 cm long at birth.

Terrarium:
This small species is not often kept in a terrarium. A small terrarium is normally big enough for 2 or 3 specimen. Some hiding places and a small water bowl are necessary. Also, it seems to me it will be pleasant for the animals when they have a soil substrate in which they can dig.

Specifics:
Average length between 35 and 50 cm. Record length was 55.9 cm. Occurs at altitudes between 274 and 732 m. It has a relatively hidden lifestyle and is usually found under rocks or similar.
This is a food specialist who usually only wants to eat earthworms. Given the origin of this species a winter rest of three to four months is recommended.

 


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