- Books About Garter Snakes
- General Snake Care
- Guides to North American Snakes
- Regional Field Guides
- Children’s Books
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Books About Garter Snakes
- Garter and Ribbon Snakes by Richard and Patricia Bartlett
- A basic guide for beginners. Lots of great photos of many different kinds of garter snakes.
- Garter and Water Snakes by David Perlowin
- Ostensibly a new (2005) edition, but little if anything has changed from the 1992 edition. Much information out of date. Also covers water snakes, which is a plus.
- The Garter Snakes: Evolution and Ecology by Douglas A. Rossman, Neil B. Ford and Richard A. Seigel
- A scientific monograph; very thorough and the definitive reference. Covers seldom seen Mexican and Central American species. Contains a chapter on captive care. May be too complex for beginners. Expensive.
- The Garter Snakes: Natural History and Care in Captivity by Roger Sweeney
- Dated and frankly not very informative. Not recommended.
General Snake Care
- Snakes of the United States and Canada: Natural History and Care in Captivity by John and Roxanne Rossi
- The definitive reference to the captive care of all North American snake species, including the more obscure species. Obviously not focused solely on garter snakes, but the sections on garters are very good. Very expensive, but worth it.
- What’s Wrong with My Snake? by John and Roxanne Rossi
- The standard short reference on snake medical care. Useful for identifying problems early and fixing them before a costly trip to the vet is necessary. Anyone who owns a snake should have this book.
Guides to North American Snakes
- Snakes of the United States and Canada by Carl and Evelyn Ernst
- A massive book with lots of scientific detail and great photography.
- North American Watersnakes: A Natural History by J. Whitfield Gibbons and Michael E. Dorcas
- Anyone interested in garter snakes should be interested in water snakes. This book also covers other aquatic natricines (black swamp snakes and queen and crayfish snakes).
- Snakes of North America: Eastern and Central Regions by Alan Tennant
- Revised edition of this handy guide aimed at amateurs; its western counterpart appears to be out of print in the older edition.
Regional Field Guides
See the state and provincial pages under the species section.
United States: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.