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.