Earlier this year I explored some of the reasons why garter snakes are underrated and overlooked by reptile keepers. Those reasons included their ordinariness, their messiness, and their (supposed) unwillingness to eat mice, all of which I shot down with extreme prejudice.
Some of us, though, like garter snakes very much. I certainly do, or I wouldn’t have built this website; in fact, I think that garter snakes, for all their ordinariness and stinkiness, are my favourite snakes of all. (And that’s saying something: I’m fond of an awful lot of snakes, including bullsnakes, fox snakes, rosy boas and a whole bunch of others.) Since you’re reading this, I suspect you might be fond of them too.
In this article, I’d like to explore some of the reasons why those of us who like garter snakes like them as much as we do — and why reptile keepers choose garter snakes over other kinds of snakes.
- Why Don’t Reptile Keepers Appreciate Garter Snakes?
- Articles, I look at some of the reasons why garter snakes aren’t more popular among reptile keepers. »
- Keeping Garter Snakes Outdoors
- Questions, Recently I’ve received a couple of questions from readers who want to know about keeping garter snakes outdoors. Now I understand that this is actually done in Europe: garter snake keepers there set up these elaborate backyard facilities to house… »
- ‘That Reptile Smell’ and Beginner Garters
- Questions, Jack writes: Hi! I’m 13 years old and am looking into getting a garter snake. I have a suitable enclosure and equipment and can provide food, read your care guide along with some others, and there is now just one… »