Thamnophis - means "bush snake" in Latin

elegans - the Latin word for elegant

The western terrestrial garter snake (Thamnophis elegans) has six recognized sub-species. In Canada, only one is present: the wandering garter snake (Thamnophis elegans vagrans). In Canada, Thamnophis elegans is highly aquatic, rarely found far from water, although as its common name suggests, it occasionally wanders away from it.