Orange-striped (Western) Ribbonsnake
Wisconsin status: endangered
length: 20-30 inches
There are less than a half dozen records of this endangered snake being seen in Wisconsin. All of them were seen in or next to open, mostly marshy, wetland habitat.
The orange-striped ribbonsnake (also known as the western ribbonsnake) is similar to the other garter snakes, but it is more slender like the northern ribbonsnake. The side (lateral) stripes on this snake are greenish-white and its belly is white.
This snake eats tadpoles, frogs that have just gone through metamorphosis, small salamanders and fish.