Length 16 - 24 in
This snake, like the Eastern Garter snake is basically a green snake with three yellowish stripes running the length of it's body. One of the differences between the Eastern Garter snake and the Eastern Ribbon snake is that the Ribbon snake is much thinner. The tail is about half of the total length of it's body. The scales are keeled.
These snakes are found throughout Virginia in a wide variety of moist habitats--in wet woodlands, meadows, bogs, and marshes, and along drainage ditches and streams. They feed primarily on frogs, toads, salamanders, earthworms, minnows, and mice.