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Garter Snake
Topic(s):   Forest Animals, Lewis & Clark Animals, Reptiles, Savanna Animals, Snakes, Wetland Animals, Woodland Animals
Quick Facts
Type of Animal reptile
Habitat woodland, freshwater wetland, forest, savanna, farmland, city yards
Diet slugs, earthworms, lizards, spiders, toads, leeches, fish, mice, frogs
Migration no
Life span up to 15 years
Poisonous no
Predators bullfrogs, bass, crows, hawks, skunks, raccoons, squirrels, weasels, foxes, snakes
Endangered no

The garter snake is not glamorous, but it is a favorite snake of many children. Also called the garden or grass snake, it can be found almost everywhere in North America.

The garter snake is a social snake. That means it likes to live in a group. At night, it may sleep in a group of other garter snakes to stay warm. During the winter, it hibernates in a group. Each snake uses its sense of smell to find the other snakes. Finding a den of garter snakes is very cool.

This snake is popular because it is harmless. An adult is only about two feet long. If caught, it will bite. The bite is not serious. It has another weapon. The snake gives off a bad smell that is hard to wash off. It may also poop. That smells bad, too!

In summer, the female gives birth to many live babies. Most of these babies will not live to be a year old. This snake has many predators. Pesticides and water pollution also kill it. People destroy its habitat. People kill it because they are afraid. No one should be afraid of this snake. It helps get rid of garden pests. It makes a good pet.

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