What kind of snakes live in Western Washington?

What kind of snakes live in Western Washington?

We have 4 types of snakes in Western Washington: The Common Garter Snake, which has three subspecies: The Red Spotted, the Puget Sound and the Valley Garter Snake. The Northwestern Garter Snake. The Western Terrestrial Garter Snake. The Northern Rubber Boa.

Can you kill rattlesnakes in Washington?

Washington. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife hopes you will leave snakes alone. Killing them is illegal here unless you feel directly threatened by them.

What kind of snakes are found in Washington state?

Colubrids (family Colubridae)

Common name Scientific name Conservation status
Gopher snake (Pacific gopher snake) Pituophis catenifer catenifer Not evaluated
Night snake Hypsiglena torquata Least concern
Northwestern garter snake Thamnophis ordinoides Least concern
Racer Coluber constrictor Least concern

Are there any venomous snakes in Washington State?

As they are not found in Western Washington, you can usually assume any snake you encounter in the greater Seattle area is not venomous to humans. Common in eastern Washington, the Western rattlesnake may be encountered in proximity to their dens. These can often be found among rocks in areas open to sun exposure.

Are there any garter snakes in Western Washington?

T. ordinoides is also the only Thamnophis species in Western WA that, at times, shows a red dorsal stripe. The only subspecies of the western terrestrial garter snake found in Western Washington is the wandering garter snake T. e vagrans.

What kind of snake is black and white?

The common kingsnake is one snake that is black and white in color. This snake is found throughout the United States and in other countries. Kingsnakes are not poisonous and they grow to an average of 4 feet long.

What to do if you see a rattlesnake in Washington?

Look at the shape of the head and tail, as well as any markings and colors. If you identify the snake as a rattlesnake, leave the area and call a local wildlife control office or company, and have them attempt to collect the snake if necessary.

The northwestern garter snake can be differentiated from T. sirtalis, and T. elegans by its small adult size, small head, and tendency to have small red blotches on the ventral scales. T. ordinoides is also the only Thamnophis species in Western WA that, at times, shows a red dorsal stripe.

What kind of snake is black with black stripes?

The Western terrestrial garter snake (Thamnophis elegans) occurs in a wide variety of habitats and, despite its name, it spends a lot of time in water. This garter snake is usually gray-brown or black, with a dark, checkered pattern between yellow stripes. Identification difficult because there are four subspecies, all varying in coloration.

Where can you find a garter snake in Washington State?

Figure 1. The common garter snake is the most wide-ranging reptile in North America. In Washington it is found from coastal and mountain forests to sagebrush deserts, usually close to water or wet meadows—or your garden. Snakes are among the most misunderstood of all animals.

What kind of snakes live in North America?

Three different subspecies of the Western Terrestrial Garter Snake (Thamnophis elegans) inhabit western North America. The picture shows a typical wandering garter snake skin pattern, characterized by the light color stripes.