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What is a black snake with an orange stripe?

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The orange-striped ribbonsnake, also known as the Western ribbonsnake, has a yellow or orange stripe bordered by two wide black stripes running down its back. This snake can grow up to 20 to 30 inches.

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The Western ribbonsnake is one type of gartersnake. When it's captured, it gives off a nasty-smelling musk from the glands at its tail's base. This snake is usually active at daytime, but can become nocturnal in hot weather. The orange-striped ribbonsnake is often seen near bodies of water, their meals comprising of small frogs, salamanders and earthworms. This species of snake is active in the months of April through October.

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