Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis

Common Names: Eastern garter snake
Category: Reptiles
Sub-category: Snakes

The most commonly encountered snake in Connecticut. Generally has a yellow stripe running down the middle of a brown/black back, belly typically yellow or cream colored. The back is usually patterned with black, brown and sometimes grayish colors.

The habitat of the garter snake ranges from forests, fields, and prairies to streams, wetlands, meadows, marshes, and ponds, and it is often found near water. It is found at altitudes from sea level to mountain locations.

Edible Notes: Reportedly edible, but not terribly good. One person suggests eating it bones and all. Like all reptiles, there is a risk of Salmonella. Not recommended.
Warnings: The saliva of a garter snake may be toxic to amphibians and other small animals. For humans, a bite is not dangerous, though it may cause slight itching, burning, and/or swelling. Most garter snakes also secrete a foul-smelling fluid from postanal glands when handled or harmed. All reptiles carry a risk of Salmonella bacteria on their body.