Tropidoclonion lineatum
Lined Snake

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Other Names: Lined Garter Snake
Description: Similar looking to a garter snake. Adults 8"-22". The lined snake middorsal and side stripes well defined and bordered by dark spots set in a dark or light olive-gray or light brown ground color. Middorsal stripe whitish, pale gray, yellow or orange. Belly white or yellowish marked with two rows of black spots along midline. Scales keeled.
Venom: None
Habitat: Found in prairies open woods, flood plains, vacant lots, city refuse pits, dumps and parks.
Behavior: A secretive snake. Excellent burrower. Hides under objects during the day. Crepuscular, emerges at dust to forage for food. Activity stimulated by wet weather.
Hibernation: Underground during the cool months
Reproduction: Live bearing has 2-17 young in August and September.
Diet: Feeds on earthworms, frogs, toads, tadpoles, fish, salamanders.
Authored by: Garth Teitjen