Latin nameThamnophis sirtalis sirtalis
Southern Ontario and Quebec south to Florida, west to Minnesota and eastern Oklahoma and Texas.
Range in Ohio
Except for a few scattered counties, this snake has been confirmed to inhabit the entire state.
Wet woodlands, meadows, marshes and along drainage ditches and streams.
This is the most widely distributed snake in North America. Also, in many parts of its range it is the snake most commonly encountered by people. This diurnal snake generally lives in moist areas where it finds food. It becomes aggressive when confronted by people and generally will try to bite and often it will expel foul-smelling musk onto its tormentor.
During cold weather the Eastern Garter Snake hibernates in community dens with large numbers of other individuals.