Juvenile and Adult

  • Orange stripe along top of back and yellowish-green stripe on each side of body; dark blotches may form checkered pattern between stripes
  • Round pupils
  • Scales keeled (ridge lengthwise on each scale)
  • Usually 7 upper labials
  • Side stripe usually on 3rd and 4th scale rows
  • Background colour: greenish gray, black, or brown

Total length: up to 100 cm


  • Widely distributed in southern and eastern regions of Alberta
  • Cold Lake area reported to be the most northern occurrence for the species

May be confused with Red-sided Gartersnake.

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