The western ribbon snake (Thamnophis proximus): Ecology of a western population.
Adult female western ribbon snakes from the OSBWMA, Smith County, Texas were collected in May through July, 1999-2001.
The western ribbon snake
(Thamnophis proximus) and rough green snake (Opheodrys aestivus) were not found, but they are probably present.
The low detection rate of plainbelly water snakes, northern water snakes, western ribbon snakes
, and common garter snakes is perplexing.
These include river otter, raccoons, beavers, green frogs, and western ribbon snakes
Critters sighted that day included a juvenile and an adult yellowbelly snake, several water moccasins or cottonmouths, a six-inch mud snake, several western ribbon snakes
, several of the threatened greens, and an earth snake.
Thus, while speckled kingsnakes (Lampropeltis getulus holbrooki), eastern hognosed snakes (Heterodon platyrhinos), western slender glass lizards (Ophisaurus attenuatus attenuatus), eastern coachwhip snakes, blotched watersnakes, western ribbon snakes
(Thamnophis proximus proximus), Texas garter snakes and southern copperheads were observed during this study, there are no official records for these species in Delta County (based on Dixon 1987 and distribution records cited in Herpetological Review from 1985 to 1998).