The checkered garter snake is the easiest garter snake to tame. Even a wild-caught one can become tame in a few days if handled carefully. The checkered garter snake is frequently available in the exotic pet trade, and makes a hardy captive animal. It can be trained to accept mice or fish fillets as food.
The eastern ribbon snake gets its name from its very thin body. At maturity, it grows to between 18 and 86 cm in length. It is a slender, black snake with a yellow mid-back stripe and one on each side. A brown stripe of one or two rows of scales extends onto the sides of the belly. The rest of the belly is a greenish-white color.
Thamnophis sauritus sauritus, the eastern ribbon snake or common ribbon snake, is a subspecies of ribbon snake found in the northeastern United States. Some similar species are the western ribbon snake, common garter snake, Plains garter snake, and Butler's garter snake.