California red-sided garter snake is one of the most colorful snakes in the world.
Hoax or Fact:
Fact with some misinformation.
The message shows pictures of the colorful California Red-Sided Garter snake and claims it as the most colorful snake. It is a fact that the California red-sided garter snake is indeed colorful, but it is only ranked high among the list of most beautiful and colorful garter snakes. There are also few other snake species which are more colorful and vibrant.
Red-sided Garter Snake
This fascinating California Red-sided Garter Snake, genus Thamnophis sirtalis infernalis belongs to most colorful snake population in North America. It is considered vibrant and ranked high among beautiful and colorful garter snakes.
California Red-Sided Garter Snakes
Garter snakes are generally attractive, being small and slenderly built, but are hard and lively snakes. The California red-sided garter snakes are generally found in forests, woods, grasslands, farms and waters; also found in countries of Europe, particularly in Germany and Holland. These are generally diurnal, and unlike many colorful snakes, they are usually visible and are active during daylight hours. They are good swimmers which often escape into waters when threatened. These Garter Snakes have toxins in their saliva which can be deadly to their prey, and their bite can produce mild reaction in humans, but they are not considered dangerous to humans, which is why they are often tamed. The video shows couple of these California Red-Sided Garter snakes caught on camera.
According to an article published in InfoBarrel.com, a similar colorful snake called Blackneck garter snake (genus Thamnophis cyrtopsis) is considered among the 10 Most Beautiful and Colorful Snakes in the World. In reference section below, you can also see various pictures of these California Red-Sided Garter Snakes.
However, the California Department of Fish and Game lists these beautiful South Coast Gartersnakes as a California Species of Special Concern, and this is because of their habitat loss due to urbanization.