Description: Ribbon snakes are slender, fast-moving snakes that usually live near water. The back of the ribbon snake is brown to black with three light stripes. This snake looks similar to its cousin the eastern garter snake; however, unlike garter snakes, ribbon snakes do not have dark markings between their lip (labial) scales. They have rough (keeled) scales and their white or yellowish belly is generally unmarked.
Feeding/Diet: They usually feed on small frogs and salamanders.
Habitat/Range: Ribbon snakes can be found near canals, streams, ponds, and marshes. They are excellent swimmers and are most active during the daytime.
Reproduction: Ribbon snakes give birth to 5–16 babies in late summer. Baby ribbon snakes look just like tiny versions of the adults.
Miscellaneous: Ribbon snakes may bite when captured and will typically thrash around in one’s hand, spraying their captor with musk.