Garter Snake Species Found in Michigan
Legal Status in Michigan
No garter snakes are listed on Michigan’s state list of endangered species. (However, the related Kirtland’s Snake, Clonophis kirtlandii, and the Copper-bellied Water Snake, Nerodia erythrogaster neglecta, are endangered, and several reptiles are listed as species of special concern.)
The keeping of native and exotic wildlife may be subject to local by-laws and ordinances, as well as other laws at the state or federal level not mentioned here. This page is not a definitive source. Please consult the authorities in your area.
For more information on the legal status of reptiles and amphibians in the United States, please consult State of the Union: Legal Authority Over the Use of Native Amphibians and Reptiles in the United States, available as a free download (PDF; direct link).