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Narrow-headed garter snake (Thamnophis rufipunctatus)

Fact Sheet 2006-3059

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Abstract

The narrow-headed garter snake is a harmless, nonvenomous snake that is distinguished by its elongated, triangular-shaped head and the red or dark spots on its olive to tan body. Today, the narrow-headed garter snake is a species of special concern in the United States because of its decline over much of its historic range. Arizona's Oak Creek has historically contained the largest population of narrow-headed garter snakes in the United States. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Arizona Game and Fish Department jointly funded research by USGS scientists in Oak Creek to shed light on the factors causing declining population numbers. The research resulted in better understanding of the snake's habitat needs, winter and summer range, and dietary habits. Based on the research findings, the U.S. Forest Service has developed recommendations that visitors and local residents can adopt to help slow the decline of the narrow-headed garter snake in Oak Creek.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Narrow-headed garter snake (Thamnophis rufipunctatus)
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
2006-3059
Edition:
-
Year Published:
2006
Language:
ENGLISH
Contributing office(s):
Southwest Biological Science Center
Description:
2 p.
Number of Pages:
2