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Common Garter Snake


Actual Size: Approximately 2 – 4.5′ long

Characteristics: Most have yellow stripes on a black, brown, or green background.

Habitats: Found in rural and suburban areas on hilltops, along rivers, and in backyards.


  • Commonly called garden snakes.
  • Can bite humans, but typically only causes mild burning or itching.
  • Their saliva is mildly venomous and toxic to amphibians or other small animals.

Common Garter Snakes in Salina

Often called garden snakes since it’s so close to “garter,” garter snakes are one of the most common types of snakes in the United States. They are known for their characteristic stripe along the entire length of the spine, making them easy to identify. Common garter snakes are not poisonous and are generally harmless. These highly adaptable snakes are found throughout Salina and can survive in a variety of environments.

Common Garter Snakes Habitat

Garter snakes make dens under large rocks or structures. They are often discovered along the perimeter of buildings, under stepping stones or lurking in rock fences. Unlike other types of snakes, garter snakes give birth to live young. Their diet typically includes snails, slugs, crickets, and other insects. Larger garter snakes have been known to eat birds, small mammals, and frogs. Garter snakes hibernate from late October until early April in natural burrows or holes and under rocks.

Common Garter Snakes Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Garter snakes don’t have fangs and are not venomous. However, they do have small teeth and will bite. If not cleaned and cared for properly, their bites can become infected. Some people are also allergic to garter snake saliva, though it’s rare. Even though garter snakes are mostly harmless, most people are startled and frightened when they are confronted by a snake outdoors. While generally shy and withdrawn, a garter snake will bite if accidentally stepped on.

If you are having an issue with garter snakes on your property, it is best to consult a professional pest control company for removal.

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