NC Snake Pictures / Eastern Garter Snake

Thamnophis sirtalis

Nonvenomous; 18-42 inches (457 to 1,067 mm); common.
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Distribution key: blue=where snake is found


Garter snakes come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. They may be blue, brown, green or red, with black or dark brown spots and/or stripes. These snakes are abundant in the mountains, even at the highest mountaintop. They may be found in moist vegetation during the day, or under stones and other surface cover.

The Garter snake feeds on frogs, worms, salamanders, small fish, and toads. Ill tempered only if captured, it will bite and release a foul musk, but quickly becomes tame. These snakes have exacting temperature and humidity requirements which must be met if they are to thrive in captivity.

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