Northern Ribbon snake

Endangered species in Wisconsin

Endangered Species Act.

It is an environmental law that was signed into law by Richard Nixon on December 28, 1973. It was designed to protect endangered species from extinction. For a species to be considered for listing, the species must meet one of the five criteria:

1. There is present destruction, modification, or curtailment of its habitat or range.

2. An over utilization for commercial, recreation, scientific, or educational purposes.

3. The species is declining due to disease or predation.

4. An inadequacy of existing regulatory system.

5. Other natural or manmade factors affecting its continued existence.

How the Northern ribbon snake is becoming extinct.

The main thing is that they are loosing their wetland habitats, and reduced amphibian populations.

What is the Northern ribbon snake?

It is a subspecies of garter snake, and is one of four subspecies of ribbon snake. The ribbon snake occurs in the US and Canada, in southern Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, southern Ontario, Michigan, and a few others. It is a slender black or brown snake with three bright yellow or white stripes on its back and sides. They tend to inhabit marshes, or live near the edges of lakes, ponds, and streams. Their diets include frogs, tadpoles, salamanders, small fish, and insects.

Conservation solutions

Basic inventory work that is needed to follow up existing reports to determine if there are any breeding populations anywhere in the state.


Permanent protection of occupied sites should be pursued if any sites are found.

Just me, holding a Northern Ribbonsnake (Thamnophis sauritus septentrionalis)