Species and subspecies

Under – Species – you can find all the different species or subspecies of Gartersnakes and Watersnakes I am currently breeding or that I hope to breed in the coming season.

I will update the list when changes occur.

  • Thamnophis atratus atratus
    Thamnophis atratus atratus

Garter Snakes Species

Breeding programs have been set up with the following (sub)species:

Thamnophis Species – Gartersnakes Species…

Thamnophis atratus atratus – Santa Cruz Garter Snake
Thamnophis butleri
– Butler’s Garter Snake
Thamnophis conanti
 – Conant’s Garter Snake
Thamnophis couchii * – Sierra Garter Snake
Thamnophis cyrtopsis collaris * – Tropical Black-necked Garter Snake
Thamnophis cyrtopsis ocellatus * – Eastern Black-necked Garter Snake 
Thamnophis elegans terrestris (red morph) – Coast Garter Snake (red morph)

Thamnophis eques Species – Mexican Gartersnake Species…

Thamnophis eques cuitzeoensis – Lake Cuitzeo Garter Snake
Thamnophis eques diluvialis – Diluvial Garter Snake
Thamnophis eques eques * – Southern Mexican Garter Snake
Thamnophis eques insperatus – Lake Zacapu Garter Snake
Thamnophis eques obscurus – Lake Chapala Mexican Garter Snake
Thamnophis eques obscurus (albino) – Lake Chapala Mexican Garter Snake (albino)
Thamnophis eques patzcuaroensis – Lake Pátzcuaro Garter Snake
Thamnophis eques scotti – Scott’s Mexican Garter Snake
Thamnophis eques virgatenuis * – Durango Highlands Garter Snake

Thamnophis marcianus marcianus – The Checkered Garter Snake 
Thamnophis melanogaster canescens (melanistic & red morph) – Mexican Black-bellied Garter Snake 
Thamnophis ordinoides – Northwestern Garter Snake
Thamnophis proximus proximus *
– Western Ribbon Snake
Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus – Redstripe Ribbon Snake
Thamnophis pulchrilatus * – Yellow-throated Garter Snake
Thamnophis scalaris * – Mexican Alpine Blotched Garter Snake
Thamnophis scaliger
– Short-tail Alpine Garter Snake

Thamnophis sirtalis Species – Common Gartersnake Species…

Thamnophis sirtalis concinnus – Oregon Red-spotted Garter Snake
Thamnophis sirtalis infernalis – California Redsided Garter Snake
Thamnophis sirtalis pickeringii (blue morph) – Puget Sound Garter Snake (blue morph)
Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis (normal & melanistic) – Eastern Garter Snake (normal and melansitic)
Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis (flame) * – Eastern Garter Snake (flame)
Thamnophis sirtalis tetrataenia * – San Francisco Garter Snake

Watersnakes Species

Currently I am breeding:

Nerodia Species – North American Watersnake…

Nerodia fasciata confluens * – Broadbanded Watersnake
Nerodia rhombifer rhombifer * – Diamonback Garter Snake
Nerodia sipedon insularum – Lake Erie Watersnake

Natrix maura – Viperine Water Snake
Natrix tessellata *
– Dice Snake

New species

A few interesting and relatively unknown (sub)species have recently been added to my collection: Thamnophis conanti from Veracruz, Mexico; Thamnophis scaliger from Michoácan, Mexico; Thamnophis scalaris and Thamnophis eques eques both from Mexico, Mexico and a subspecies (that has not been described yet and probably a new one) of Thamnophis eques from Lago de Zirahuen, Michoácan, Mexico. In 2014 I also bred the first babies of Thamnophis eques virgatenuis, a subspecies with very striking whitish blue stripes on an almost black ground color. In 2014 I also had the first babies of Thamnophis elegans elegans, a very nice subspecies of Thamnophis elegans that had disappeared for more then 10 years from European and UK collections.

Information on the different species.

For each (sub)species I am breeding I will give some short characteristics about behavior in captivity, coloration and ease of maintenance. As you can see I have not been able to do that for all species, so this is work in progress (my apologies). I will also make some remarks about the original population they originate from (if known of course) and about their natural habitat. When there is ( * ) behind the species name information will follow soon…