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Garter Snake
Garter Snake

Live reptiles available only in Petco stores. Selection varies by store. Check your local store for availability.

Garter Snake

Garter Snake

Garter Snakes have long been a popular pet snake, as they are relatively inexpensive and stay smaller than some other types of snakes such as boas or pythons. Garter Snakes are very quick and very active, which makes them slightly difficult to handle, but they can be tamed to be held. They enjoy a large water dish for soaking and also for hunting their next meal, a fish. These snakes can be kept together, but consider their adult size before buying multiple. They will need ample space for activity as they grow.

Feeding tip: It is always recommended to feed snakes in a container outside of their habitat. This is the best way to help limit any feeding responses from being associated with the habitat. This will also keep any substrate from being ingested while eating. A secure, small plastic container is most commonly used. By keeping this container dark you help ease stress from being moved from their habitat.

Garter Snake

Available for sale in Petco stores.

Native To: North America

Adult Size: 18-30"

Temperature: 70-85°F

Care Level: Beginner

Scientific Name: Thamnophis sp.

Most Active During: Daytime (diurnal)

Life Span: 15+ years

Eats: Small fish and worms



  • When threatened, these snakes will curl up, hide their heads and shake their tail in warning.

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Garter Snake

Garter Snake
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SKU: 145688

Garter Snake
Available in Petco stores

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