Thamnophis sirtalis (Linnaeus) – Common Gartersnake
Thamnophis sirtalis (Linnaeus) – Common Gartersnake

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     Exact locality, based on specimen(s) or photographs examined
     Exact locality, based on literature record believed valid
     Approximate locality based on specimen(s) or photographs examined
     Approximate locality based on literature record believed valid
     County record only, based on specimens or photographs examined
     County record only, based on literature report believed valid
     Type locality
?      Questionable and/or problematic record

Taxonomy: Of twelve subspecies of T. sirtalis currently recognized (Crother et al. 2012), only T. s. sirtalis (Eastern Gartersnake) occurs in Tennessee (Conant and Collins 1998). 

Distribution: Common Gartersnakes have been documented throughout Tennessee, but a few widely scattered counties are still lacking records. 

Museum Records by Counties: Anderson—APSU 15983; TTU 288, 289, 290, 292; UTKVZC 688, 3940.  Blount—FLMNH 119191, 119197; GSMNP 4103, 4105, 4119, 4149, 10917, 10918; LSUMZ 41043; USNM 1033, 180247.  Campbell—APSU 19105.  Carroll—APSU 18852.  Carter—UTKVZC 1434-1436.  Cheatham—APSU 3540, 19279.  Clay—APSU 15984.  Cocke—FLMNH 119179, 119200, 119206; GSMNP 10919; USNM 103104, 103108, 103115, 465325.  Coffee—APSU 12385, 17672; MTSU 76S.  Crockett—APSU 19034.  CumberlandMSU 967; UTKVZC 4187.  Davidson—APSU 12293, 12297, 12299, 12617, 12618; LSUMZ 43985. Dickson—APSU 2212,  3169.  Fentress—APSU 6155.  Franklin—APSU 18628; MCZ 60859, 60860; SIU R-3331.  Gibson—APSU 12301, 12302; MTSU 101S.  Greene—USNM 459888.  Grundy—APSU 19002; UIMNH 17288.  Hamilton—MTSU 135S.  Hancock—UMMZ 59208.  Hardeman—APSU 15989, 16185, 16878, 16879, 17539; UMMZ 96945, 96946.  Hawkins—UTKVZC 2463, 6977.  Haywood—APSU 12296.  Henderson—APSU 14029.  Henry—APSU 12300; MSU 1328.  Humphreys—APSU 3259.  Jackson—MTSU Uncataloged (1 specimen).  Johnson—USNM 464681.  Knox—AMNH R-122221; LSUMZ 39237-39240, 39243, 39833, 39842, 39846, 39847; MCZ 62, 143, 202, 178689-178692; USNM 226581; UTKVZC 4193.  Lake—KU 21809; MoSU R-784, R-2930; SIU R-1851; UIMNH 1201.  Lauderdale—APSU 19242.  Lawrence—APSU 19333-19335.  Macon—APSU 19385.  Madison—UMMZ 77662, 78514.  Marshall—APSU 19210.  MauryAPSU 19205.  McMinnFLMNH 119173, 119198, 119207.  McNairy—APSU 12292, 12295.  Meigs—FLMNH 119203, 119215.  Monroe—APSU 12951; CMNH 26950, 26951; FLMNH 119169, 119172, 119174-119177, 119182-119190, 119196, 119201, 119202, 119204, 119205, 119210, 119211, 119214, 119216, 119217; LSUMZ 19216; USNM 177590, 177608, 183216, 187061, USNM RH 69-313, 81-188; UTKVZC 6708, 6600, 6601.  Montgomery—APSU 2060-2063,2067, 2069, 2073, 2074, 2093, 2200, 2606, 2950, 3004, 3130-3132, 3245, 3928, 5154, 5270, 5433, 5578, 6120, 18138.  Morgan—APSU 6156; TTU 561.  Obion—APSU 14028.  Perry—APSU 12294, 14408.  Pickett—APSU 6178.  Polk—FLMNH 119168, 119170, 119171, 119180, 119181, 119195.  Putnam—TTU 61, 316, 326.  Roane—TTU 287, 291.  Robertson—APSU 2890, 3191, 4328, 8630, 8633.  Scott—APSU 6177; FLMNH 119178, 119193, 119194, 119199, 119208, 119209, 119212.  Sevier—CMNH S-5615; FLMNH 119192, 119213; GSMNP 4095-4102, 4108, 4109, 4116, 4118, 4121, 4128-4132, 4135-4137, 4139, 4140, 4142, 4148, 10930; INHS 3449, 3450, 6636; TU 5959; UIMNH 12360, 12362-12388, 30009; UMMZ 103578, 112188, 142180, 142278; USNM 120113,120114, 169690, 172944, 173054, 465842, 489408; UTKVZC 4197.  Shelby—APSU 12561, 12943, 14025-14027, 14041, 14046, 14047, 14049, 15850, 16001-16007, 16182, 16183, 16186, 16189, 16190, 17160.  Smith—APSU 19389.  Stewart—APSU 156, 4748, 4750, 4941, 15990-15994, 18031, 18114.  Sumner— LSUMZ 43945; USNM 988.  Tipton—APSU 15987.  Unicoi—USNM RH 82-157, 87-126.  Union—USNM 8820.  Van Buren—APSU 15988; UTKVZC 153.  Warren—INHS 10176; SIU R-3330; TTU Uncataloged (1 specimen).  Washington—SIU R-2565; USNM RH 76-028.  Wayne—UMMZ 96947.  Weakley—APSU 19253.  Williamson—APSU 12974.  Wilson—CMNH 26366; TTU 392, 547; LSUMZ 34752. 

Literature Sources by Counties: Anderson—Johnson (1964), Jenkins et al. (2001).  Blount—Cope (1900), Huheey and Stupka (1967).  Campbell—Daniels et al. (2012).  Cannon—Reynolds and Niemiller (2013g).  Carter—Rhoads (1895).  Cheatham—Smith (2009), Hopkins (2013).  Chester—Endsley (1954).  Claiborne—Reynolds and Niemiller (2013g).  Cocke—Huheey and Stupka (1967).  Coffee—Himebaugh (2005), Miller et al. (2005), Niemiller (2005).  Davidson—Hopkins (1990).  Decatur—Endsley (1954).  DeKalb—Harris (1967).  Franklin—McCrady and Rodarmor (1967), Cameron and McCrady (1978).  Grundy—Cantrell et al. (2013).  Hamilton—Miller (1996), Wilson et al. (2012).  Hardeman—Norton (1971), Norton and Harvey (1975), Jacob (1981).  Hawkins—Alsop (1975).  Knox—Conant (1930), Weldon (1982), Burghardt et al. (1988).   Lake—Parker (1937a).  Lawrence—Foster et al. (2013).  Lewis—Jacob (1981).  Macon—Foster et al. (2013).  Marion—Wilson et al. (2012).  Marshall—Williams and Foster (2012d).  MauryFoster and Dillashaw (2012b).  Montgomery—Scott (1967), Scott and Snyder (1968), Scott (1991), Zirkle (1993), Fitch (1998).  Obion—Rhoads (1895), Parker (1948).  Overton—Gentry (1941), DeLotelle (1976).  Polk—Ash (1945), Weldon (1982).  Putnam—Johnson (2011).  Roane—Krumholz (1954), Johnson (1964).  Rutherford—Lamb (2001), Spiess (2004), Niemiller et al. (2011).  Sevier—Bishop (1928), Necker (1934), Huheey and Stupka (1967), Pitts (2015b).  Shelby—Parker (1948), Hassell (1961), Davis et al. (2012).  Smith—Foster et al. (2013).  Stewart—Jacob (1981), Davenport (2005), Davenport and Scott (2009).  Sumner—Yarrow (1882), Cope (1900), Ruthven (1908).  Union—Yarrow (1882), Cope (1900), Ruthven (1908).  Weakley—Blanchard (2013b).  White—Reynolds and Niemiller (2013g).  Wilson—Jordan et al. (1968), Jordan (1986), Niemiller et al. (2011). 

Questionable and/or Erroneous Records: None. 

Conservation Status: None. 

Posted: 27 September 2010

Latest Revision: 11 February 2016


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