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Garter Snakes


With 35 species, garter snakes are one of the most common snakes in North America. They tend to be found in gardens and are sometimes called grass snakes.

Garter Snakes
Color Black, brown, dark green, or gray with three stripes running down the body
Legs 0
Size 18-24 inches
Antennae False

Where Do Garter Snakes Eat?

Because they aren’t the biggest snakes, their diet consists of small insects, reptiles, and amphibians. Larger garter snakes will feed on small animals like mice. Many gardeners enjoy keeping these snakes around for natural pest control.

Are Garter Snakes Venomous?

Technically garter snakes produce small amounts of venom, which they use to stun the small prey they feed on. Bites from these snakes are not considered to be dangerous to humans because the venom isn’t strong enough for people to feel the effect. They do have small fangs that can leave a mark, but nothing serious.

How To Get Rid of Garter Snakes

The best way to prevent snakes in your yard is by removing hiding places, like tall grass and unkept shrubs. If you are able to confidently identify a garter snake, you can easily remove it with gloves and a trash bag. In most cases, the benefits of having a garter snake in your yard far outweigh the negatives, so these snakes can be left alone. If you have a garter snake infestation, call Stark Exterminators for professional snake control and removal. 

What Do Garter Snakes Look Like?

Even though there are many species of garter snakes, most share very similar characteristics. They typically are dark black, olive, or blue with three light stripes running down their body. Some have more of a pattern than others, but their stripes are the easiest way to identify them. Despite species being 18-24 inches long, with some growing up to 40, garter snakes have relatively small heads.

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