Garter snakes are great as initial snakes to families that have elementary school youngsters and beyond, as they are active throughout the day, don’t limit themselves and never grow very large. From 6 to 8 inches in length adult snakes never increase in size beyond 2-3 feet (males tend to be smaller than females) with a length of just two inches.
This means that these tiny snakes are great for kids to hold for as long as they’re being closely monitored by an adult and don’t hold the snakes too tight. Prehistoric Birds If they are fed and looked after correctly and regularly handled These snakes are gentle and friendly , and they can live up to 10 years the wild.
Where to Get a Garter Snake
Although garter snakes are common on the open, specifically in water bodies, like lakes and streams in Canada as well as across the U.S., Mexico, and Central America, these wild creatures should not be kept as pets because it is illegal to remove them away from its natural surroundings in the majority of areas. Garter snakes in the wild are also believed to have more aggression and suffer more health issues than captive-bred snakes.
There are about 75 breeds of garter snakes that vary in patterns (with stripes, spots as well as spots) and color, ranging from brown to red and black. They also come in yellow green, blue, and red. They are available from rescue groups or pet stores as well as breeders. No matter where they’re purchased, all pet snakes need an in-depth examination by a skilled snake-smart vet to make sure their health.
How to House Garter Snakes
Adult snakes are usually housed in 30-to-50-gallon (depending on the dimensions) tanks or tubs made of plastic fitted with tight lids as they are renowned for their abilities as escape artists. They need an uninspiring bowl of water that is large enough they can soak to keep well-hydrated, an under-tank heating mat or over-tank heater as well as a plastic or wood hide box, as well as some large rocks that they can rub to promote the shed of skin.
The bedding made of paper (shredded newspaper or butcher paper and paper towels or commercially-available recyclable paper items) are the best choice, since they permit snakes to burrow and hide, but they are also digestible when eaten, and don’t cause gastrointestinal (GI) obstruction in the tract such as soil, sand and other particles could. The cages should be cleaned of bedding that has been soiled daily and thoroughly cleaned every week. Water should be refilled every day.
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Wild garter snakes are fed diverse diets that include amphibians, worms, fish eggs, snails, and rodents. Although captive garter snakes may be fed mostly frozen rodents, they may also receive other food items like earthworms, fresh feeder fishes, and even frogs or toads. Adult snakes should be fed each 7 to 10 days. Young, developing or pregnant snakes should be fed once every 4-5 days. Never should live prey be served, as they could bite and hurt the snake.
What Kind of Medical Problems Affect Garter Snakes
When garter snakes get fed and kept appropriately, they’re resilient and are unlikely to suffer from medical problems. There are many snakes that carry intestinal parasites that can be detected through microscopic analysis of stool samples that have been collected from fresh and treated with the appropriate medication.
A lot of these parasites, together with Salmonella bacteria that are commonly found in the GI tracts of snakes can be transmitted to humans, so anyone who comes in contact with snakes or any other animal in their enclosures needs to cleanse their hands thoroughly. Grey German Shepherd
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who are kept in hotand dry conditions, without enough water to soak in could become dehydrated and suffer shed problems, such as retaining fragments of skin shed. They might also be able to retain the “eye caps,” or corneas, which are typically shed. Snakes that exhibit any of these signs must have a check-up with a veterinary whenever possible to
determine whether treatment is required. A snake’s examination at the time you first get it to ensure that you are taking care of it in a proper manner and every year after that even if it appears well-behaved, could avoid many life-threatening issues and ensure that your Garter has a long and healthy life.