Western Ribbon Snake
Thamnophis proximus alpinus
Thamnophis proximus diabolicus
Thamnophis proximus orarius
Thamnophis proximus proximus
Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus
Thamnophis proximus rutiloris
Thamnophis proximus alpinus (Chiapas ribbon snake) – Central Chiapas (Mexico)
Thamnophis proximus diabolicus (Arid Land ribbon snake) – from south-eastern Colorado southward into Coahuila, Nuevo León and western Tamaulipas.
Thamnophis proximus orarius (Gulf Coast ribbon snake) – the coastal area of south-eastern Louisiana into north-eastern Tamaulipas in Mexico.
Thamnophis proximus proximus (Western ribbon snake) – from Indiana and southern Wisconsin westward into western Kansas and southward into central Louisiana and eastern Texas.
Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus (Redstripe ribbon snake) – The Edwards Plateau in Central Texas.
Thamnophis proximus rutiloris (Mexican ribbon snake) – from southern Tamaulipas and the Guerreros coastal area out to the centre of Costa Rica.
Usually lives in the neighbourhood of water.
Lives in dry areas, densely vegetated areas and mangrove marshlands. Thicket etc. in which they can climb is a condition for their presence.
Especially amphibians and sometimes fish. Occasionally, it has been observed that they had eaten lizards (Scincella lateralis).
The young are born between June (south) and September (north).
Per litter up to approximately 25/30 young of 15 to 25 cm.
For two or three adult specimens of this agile, shy species is a large terrarium needed with a lot of opportunities to climb (thin branches or plastic plants).
A large water basin with overhanging branches or plants is a must.
Create several hiding places between the branches/plants and on the bottom.
Due to the timid nature the terrarium can best be put in a quiet place.
In the terrarium they eat frogs, fish, young mice and earthworms.
A brumation of two to three months is recommended. It is important to ascertain, if possible, whether your animals come from the northern or southern part of the range.
Average length between 60 and 90 cm with a maximum of about 125 cm.
Is, like the closely related Thamnophis sauritus, a slender snake with a long tail.
This species occurs at altitudes between 0 and 2400 meters.
Animals from the northern part of the range brumate 5-6 months, while the animals in the southern part often are active throughout the year.
Depending on the season and habitat these snakes are active both day and night.
They are often found on branches above water and let themselves fall when they feel threatened and than dive under water.
The two parietal spots on top of the head are brightly coloured, lie against each other and are usually quite large.
In Thamnophis sauritus these spots are small, not that bright in colour and usually lie separated.