Wisconsin status: endangered
length: 20-30 inches
There are less than a half dozen records of this endangered snake being seen in Wisconsin. All of them were seen in or next to open, mostly marshy, wetland habitat.
The western (orange-striped) ribbonsnake is similar to the other gartersnakes, but it is more slender like the eastern ribbonsnake. The side (lateral) stripes on this snake are greenish-white and its belly is white.
This snake eats tadpoles, frogs that have just gone through metamorphosis, small salamanders and fish.