Annabelle & the cat door from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
Dorah brought two baby snakes in on Tuesday morning. Yes, TWO. Those who blame cats as killers don't know about our catch and release program. The back deck is full, including our resident tree frog!
Dorah's snake from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
I could hear rattling of cat dishes in the kitchen. Sure enough, Dorah brought a friend inside. I released it on the Hops vine on the back deck.
Ribbon Snake vs. Garter Snake
Use one or more of the following characteristics to identify ribbon snakes:
- A thin body. Garter snakes’ bodies are described as “stockier” when compared to ribbon snakes.
- A long tail. Ribbon snakes’ tails are one-third or more of their total length; garter snakes’ tails are generally one-quarter or less of their total length.
- Narrower heads than garter snakes’ heads.
- Side stripes on the third and fourth scale rows. Most garter snakes have their side stripes on the second and third scale rows; some have them on the second, third and fourth scale rows.
- Unmarked labial scales. Ribbon snakes’ lips are pure white; garter snakes have dark marks along the edges of each labial scale.
- A white spot in front of the eye; garter snakes don’t have one.