Today Gartersnake.info finally makes its official debut. The domain name was registered in early June and parts of the site have been linked to for the past month or so, but it’s been planned for many years. (And procrastinated, as other, less-intimidating tasks got in the way.)
Even so, like many ships at their christening, this site is being launched when it’s not quite finished. It’s a big undertaking. Lots of work remains to be done — and you can help, with articles, contributions to species description pages, and more.
For now, here’s what’s available:
- All the articles on my personal site that dealt with garter snakes have been transferred here.
- My garter snake care page has been moved here, and expanded. I still have two more sections to write — on breeding and raising babies — but it’s already more up-to-date and more extensive than it used to be.
- There are pages of links to books and web sites about garter snakes.
- The new Garter Snake NewsWire tracks garter snake stories in the media.
- Finally — and most extensively — there’s a species section, still largely incomplete, that aims to provide information on each of the 30 species of garter snake.
In the future — and with your help — I hope to be able to have the following:
- More articles by more authors. If you’re interested in contributing, here’s where you can submit an article. I’m hoping to have new contributions frequently — every week if I can get them.
- More information on the species pages: in particular, species descriptions, more photos, more information on legal protections, and, if I can get them, range maps. If you’d like to lend a hand, here’s where you can volunteer.
- A Q&A section that answers questions from readers.
- A store with site-related paraphernalia like t-shirts, mugs and stickers.
- Getting the care section finished, including a hard-copy version!
The idea behind this site was to provide a massive source of information about garter snakes for amateur enthusiasts. It’s not quite there yet, but this site is ready enough that the public can have a look at it. Check back often to see the latest changes!