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Northern Mexican gartersnake (Thamnophis eques megalops)

Federal Register | Recovery | Critical Habitat | Conservation Plans | Petitions | Life History

Listing Status:   

Where Listed: WHEREVER FOUND

General Information

The northern Mexican gartersnake may occur with other native gartersnake species and can be difficult for people without herpetological expertise to identify. With a maximum known length of 44 inches (in) (112 centimeters (cm)), it ranges in background color from olive to olive-brown to olive-gray with three stripes that run the length of the body. The middle dorsal stripe is yellow and darkens toward the tail. The pale yellow to light-tan lateral stripes distinguish the Mexican gartersnake from other sympatric (co-occurring) gartersnake species because a portion of the lateral stripe is found on the fourth scale row, while it is confined to lower scale rows for other species. Throughout its rangewide distribution, the northern Mexican gartersnake occurs at elevations from 130 to 8,497 feet (ft) (40 to 2,590 meters (m)) (Rossman et al. 1996, p. 172). The northern Mexican gartersnake is considered a riparian obligate (restricted to riparian areas when not engaged in dispersal behavior) and occurs chiefly in the following general habitat types: (1) Source-area wetlands [e.g., cienegas (mid-elevation wetlands with highly organic, reducing (basic, or alkaline) soils), stock tanks (small earthen impoundment), etc.]; (2) large river riparian woodlands and forests; and (3) streamside gallery forests (as defined by well-developed broadleaf deciduous riparian forests with limited, if any, herbaceous ground cover or dense grass).

This species is listed wherever it is found, but
 
Current Listing Status Summary
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
07/08/2014 Southwest Region (Region 2)

» Federal Register Documents

Most Recent Federal Register Documents (Showing 5 of 16: view all)
Date Citation Page Title
07-08-2014 79 FR 38677 38746 Threatened Status for the Northern Mexican Gartersnake and Narrow-Headed Gartersnake; Final Rule
07-10-2013 78 FR 41499 41547 Threatened Status for the Northern Mexican Gartersnake and Narrow-headed Gartersnake: Proposed Rule.
07-10-2013 78 FR 41549 41608 Designation of Critical Habitat for the Northern Mexican Gartersnake and Narrow-Headed Gartersnake: Proposed Rule
11-21-2012 77 FR 69993 70060 Review of Native Species That Are Candidates for Listing as Endangered or Threatened; Annual Notice of Findings on Resubmitted Petitions; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions
10-26-2011 76 FR 66370 66439 Review of Native Species That Are Candidates for Listing as Endangered or Threatened; Annual Notice of Findings on Resubmitted Petitions; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions

» Recovery

No recovery information is available for the Northern Mexican gartersnake.

» Critical Habitat

Current Critical Habitat Documents (Showing 1 of 1)
Date Citation Page Title Document Type Status
07/10/2013 78 FR 41549 41608 Designation of Critical Habitat for the Northern Mexican Gartersnake and Narrow-Headed Gartersnake: Proposed Rule Proposed Rule Proposed

To learn more about critical habitat please see http://ecos.fws.gov/crithab

» Conservation Plans

No conservation plans have been created for Northern Mexican gartersnake

» Petitions

Most Recent Petition Findings (Showing 5 of 5)
Date Citation Page Title Finding
11/21/2012 77 FR 69993 70060 Review of Native Species That Are Candidates for Listing as Endangered or Threatened; Annual Notice of Findings on Resubmitted Petitions; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions
  • Notice 12 month petition finding, Warranted but precluded
  • Notice CNOR
10/26/2011 76 FR 66370 66439 Review of Native Species That Are Candidates for Listing as Endangered or Threatened; Annual Notice of Findings on Resubmitted Petitions; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions
  • Notice 12 month petition finding, Warranted but precluded
  • Notice CNOR
11/25/2008 73 FR 71788 71826 12-Month Finding on a Petition To List the Northern Mexican Gartersnake (Thamnophis eques megalops) as Threatened or Endangered With Critical Habitat; Proposed Rule
  • Notice 12 month petition finding, Warranted but precluded
09/26/2006 71 FR 56228 56256 12-Month Finding on a Petition To List the Northern Mexican Gartersnake (Thamnophis eques megalops) as Threatened or Endangered With Critical Habitat
  • Notice 12 month petition finding, Not warranted
01/04/2006 71 FR 315 324 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Northern Mexican Gartersnake as threatened or Endangered With Critical Habitat (Substantial) and initiation of status review.
  • Notice 90-day Petition Finding, Substantial

» Life History

No Life History information has been entered into this system for this species.

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