Garter Snake

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Garter Snake Care Sheet

Image by Geoff Gallice

Image by Geoff Gallice on Flickr

There are actually several different species and subspecies of Garter Snake. Their huge natural range spans much of North America and reaches as far north as Alaska, and each subspecies has unique adaptations to their natural environments. These beautiful snakes are often sold under the all-encompassing ‘Garter Snake’ label, with many buyers unaware there’s more than one type to choose from. Luckily the main differences are in appearance, so looking after one subspecies is more or less identical to looking after any other.

(The snake in the image here is a Bluestripe Garter Snake.)

Garter Snakes have become one of the most popular types of snake in the pet trade, partly because of how much easier they are to care for than many of the more demanding snake species. They’re pretty speedy creatures so you have to be careful when handling them, but Garter Snakes pose no threat to humans, don’t take up very much space and are active enough to be more entertaining than most captive snakes.

If you want to find out all the details on how to look after your pet Garter Snake, then take a look at our in-depth Garter Snake care sheet.