Animal Stories - Garter Snake


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   The Garter Snake is probably one of the most popular snakes for the beginner.
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john - 2012-03-30
Hey, cought another garter snake and I believe it is male. He is about 2 feet long and laughs at me so I will name him giggles. I saved him from a HUGE 7 FOOT LONG WATER MOCASIN (which attempted to kill me). I was wondering what should I do to keep him alive as he is much smaller (in being wide) and has a small head. Also I would like to breed them and was thinking that I could attempt to mimic their habitat by using different soils and maybe some plants along with a filtered pool(about 5 gallons or less) with live fish and plants and frogs. My mom asked me if it was a boy or a girl and I had to say it was a girl or she would get mad about baby snakes living in the house. All I want to do is replenish the wild numbers. I also need name suggestions for the one that really is a girl.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-30
    To start, becareful around water mocasins. Dangerous snake to tangle with. your snake should be fine as long as the large one is well fed. Take caution feeding them together, that is when on occasion accidents happen.
  • Shawn Handley Jr. - 2012-04-05
    Water Moccasins don't eat other snakes they eat fish, small game, and things like that but never a snake from what I know. Are you sure the snake you saw trying to eat it wasn't a king snake which regulary prey upon other snakes?
  • john - 2012-04-08
    It was a moccasin cause I saw the inside of its mouth.
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Chance - 2007-06-26
Yeah, fond memories of these snakes, i started out with them. Of course i get wild ones, don't see why i should pay for one when they are in my backyard. I did get bitten a couple of times while taming them, although i've only gotten bitten about once or twice. They are an extremely docile snakes for being wild. I tamed a common garter that i caught at it's full size. My big brother found a little baby butlers garter snake that was only about 10 inches long if that, and it grew to a big snake almost six feet long. My memory may be exaggeratig a bit, but it was at least 5 feet long.

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  • Amber - 2010-10-02
    That's amazing so would you recommend a garter snake to a beginner?
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john - 2012-06-06
Hi again, that ribbon snake i found turned out to be a girl and she had babies,roughly 10, and i think you dont feed them the first 2 days and then you start them on cut up night crawlers the you go to full or half crawlers then to fish then to frogs or mice, is this correct and how can i get them to eat mice?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-06
    It will be some time before they can safely consume mice. Crickets, worms and even some guppies in the water will do they well for quite awhile.
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john - 2012-06-26
Hi, i counted up the baby snakes, 15 total, and i was wondering if fish would be safe for them as they wont eat crikets. also, i was wondering if a large water bowl would be okay for them, please reply a.s.a.p.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-26
    That should be fine.  I have always kept seperate bowl with little guppies in it for the snakes to hunt.
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john - 2012-03-23
Hi, I caught an eastern garter snake in my backyard a a few days ago. It is sort of small, about 2.5 feet, and eats 1 frog every day. The day I cought it was the first day of spring. Just wondering, where would a garter snake be during the, and could I keep it in a 29 gallon tank with another garter and a water snake? Also, how do you remove super glue from your skin?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-23
    They should do fine. Check the snake closely for mites before adding to your tank. I would get a longer tank as well.
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Anonymous - 2012-09-18
Mr wiggles

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Wallace Moura - 2006-09-08
I do have a LOT OF garter snakes in Brasil.
I myself have 2 as pets.

Here most people kill snakes for they think they are all harmful.
When I was studying in New Jersey, for High School, I had one myself bought in a pet store.

Here I get them from the wild. No petshop sells snakes here.

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  • Grace - 2011-06-18
    omg! that is so cool! I wish i could have a pet snake
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Anonymous - 2009-04-12
Garter snakes DO NOT eat insects. It is even published in some books that they do, but they in fact, do not. I own over 70 garter snakes and even if I offered, not one would touch an insect. They cannot even digest insects, people who have tricked their garters into eating them find that the insect comes out in the poop of the snake completely intact.

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  • Sheryl - 2010-09-27
    Hi, I'm a malaysian looking for a garter snake to start of with... you own over 70 garter snakes, do you mind sending me one? This is my email address. lee_peihan@hotmail.com
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brandon - 2006-09-11
I LOVE snakes and my parents are both afraid of snakes so i finally convinced them that it was a small and harmless snake. when i got one i immediately needed 2. this is for two reasons: 1, the terrarium was too large for a single animal. and 2, he was very shy and i wanted to be able to handle him. both of those issues were resolved immediately after i introduced the female. (i would recommend having a male and a female, or two females. this is because males are territorial and they will fight.)

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