Thursday, July 12, 2012

Garter Snake in Grand Junction, CO


A few days ago, I found a small garter snake when I was getting ready to do some weed eating in the yard. I'm still not sure exactly what species it is, but I think that it may be a very young Terrestrial Garter Snake (Thamnophis elegans).

There is quite a bit of information about caring for young snakes, (i.e. what to feed them, how to feed them, how often, etc.) available on the internet. I'm going to post some pictures of this little creature and some of the better links that I've found to be the most helpful. I'll continue to add links to this post as I find them. has been one of the most helpful sites overall, and is a good starting point. 

So far, the snake that we found has eaten live feeder fish from a bowl of water. This is not the best food, as you'll find in the referenced websites, so we're going to try to get it to eat pinkie parts as soon as possible.

There are more links posted below the pictures. Check back in the future to see if new links have been added.

Here is a link to several good YouTube videos that show different ways to get very young garter snakes to eat ~

The SnakeBytes TV channel on YouTube has several good generalized snake videos, and at least one which specifically deals with garter snakes ~



4 days after we caught this snake, we were able to get it to eat cut up bits of a pinkie mouse. We cut up the pinkie while it was still frozen, then thawed it out in a Ziploc bag placed into a bowl of lukewarm water.  There is a video of this first feeding available here ~