Authored by: Garth Teitjen
||Lined Garter Snake
||Northern Lined Snake Tropidoclonion lineatum lineatum
||Similar looking to a garter snake. Adults 8"-22". The lined snake
middorsal and side stripes well defined and bordered by dark spots set
in a dark or light olive-gray or light brown ground color. Middorsal
stripe whitish, pale gray, yellow or orange. Belly white or yellowish
marked with two rows of black spots along midline. Scales keeled.
||Garter and ribbon snakes have heads that are wider than their necks, a divided anal plate, more than 49 subcaudals, more than six upper labials and any ventral markings that might be present are not as clearly defined. Other lined New Mexico snakes have smooth scales.
||Found in prairies open woods, flood plains, vacant lots, city refuse
pits, dumps and parks.
||A secretive snake. Excellent burrower. Hides under objects during the
day. Crepuscular, emerges at dust to forage for food. Activity
stimulated by wet weather.
||Underground during the cool months
||Live bearing has 2-17 young in August and
||Feeds on earthworms, frogs, toads, tadpoles, fish, salamanders.