The second snake we are meeting this week can be found right in our own back yard! We’re off to find this very common snake here in North America. Let’s go exploring!

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garter snake   Range/Habitat: North America/ forests, grasslands

   Diet: Carnivore: earthworms, amphibians, fish

   Length: 26-51”

   Conservation Status: common



Fun Facts:

  • Common Garter Snakes normally live near water.
  • They hibernate in mass groups in the northern most part of their habitats.
  • Common garter snakes are often prey for birds of prey.
  • Common garter snakes have red strips along their backs.
  • They live farther north than any other snake in North America.
  • Common garter snakes have rough scales.
  • They are constrictors.

Common garter snakes are all over North America. Have you ever seen one in your backyard? Remember if you do, they are an important part of the ecosystem and they’re not dangerous to humans, so just let them be :)!

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5 thoughts on “YEAR OF THE SNAKE DAY # 2

  1. Jen and I love snakes! As long as they aren’t scared of us!

  2. Stella the Great Newfenees here, via my scribe.
    I find snakes very interesting. There’s a garter snake living under our front step. He goes in and out from a tiny little hole, and sometimes I follow him when I see him going home. But I can’t get past his door. It’s much too small for me. My scribe says garter snakes are the only ones we have here – probably because we live so far north! And she’s seen them coming out of hibernation and forming the massive snake-balls in the Spring. She took a video of it once… Maybe I could get her to post it in the Spring on my blog, when my friend comes back! ~:o)=

    • Wow! That is so cool! We would love to see the video! It so nice of you guys to let the snake live under your front porch! Snakes are so misunderstood & they are awesome! Thanks for sharing :)!

  3. These snakes are smart, like me. I also enjoy eating earthworms. They’re delicious.

    Love and licks,

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