I spotted this Orange-striped Ribbonsnake in high-vegetation at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. It was close to a Green Tree Frog that I thought it would go after. I waited to see if it would, but it never did.
Orange-striped Ribbonsnake Facts:
The Orange-striped Ribbonsnake (Thamnophis proximus) is a non-venomous species of snake that belongs to the family Colubridae.
The snake is known for its distinct orange stripes, which run vertically along its body, and its slender physique.
This species is found primarily in the southeastern United States, including parts of Florida, Georgia, and Alabama.
Ribbonsnakes are active during the day and are often found near bodies of water, such as streams, rivers, and wetlands.
Orange-striped Ribbonsnakes are excellent swimmers and can stay submerged for extended periods. They are known to hunt for small fish and amphibians in the water.
Females are typically larger than males and can grow up to 30 inches in length, while males are typically around 20 inches in length.
Ribbonsnakes are ovoviviparous, meaning that they give birth to live young. The average litter size is between 4 and 16, and newborns are around 7-9 inches long.
The Orange-striped Ribbonsnake is a threatened species and is protected by state and federal laws. Habitat loss, degradation, and fragmentation are the primary threats to this species.
This species is often confused with the more common Eastern Ribbonsnake (Thamnophis sauritus), which has a similar appearance but lacks the distinctive orange stripes.
The Orange-striped Ribbonsnake is a vital part of its ecosystem and plays an important role in controlling populations of prey species such as small fish and amphibians.
- Camera: Canon EOS R5
- Lens: RF100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM
- Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
- Date and Time Taken: August 28, 2022 (08:12 A. M.)
- Exposure Mode: Manual
- Aperture: f8.0
- Shutter speed: 1/800 – 1/1250
- ISO: 4000 – 6400 (Auto)
- Focal Length: 500 mm