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  Garter snake - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Garter snakes are extremely common across North America, from Canada to Central America, an everyday find in gardens.
Being heterothermic like all reptiles, garter snakes bask in the sun to keep their body temperature warm (at 28 to 32 degrees Celsius) during the morning.
Northwestern Garter Snake, Thamnophis ordinoides (Baird and Girard, 1852)
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Garter_snake   (1446 words)

  
 Manbir Online ... Garter Snake
Garter snakes have coarse, ridged scales and are named for the garterlike pattern on the skin: Three stripes run the length of the darkbrown or fl body, one on either side and one along the back.
Garter snake may attain attain a length of 1 m (3 ft) and a diameter of 2.5 cm (1 in).
The best-known garter snakes in the U.S. are the common garter snake and the ribbon snake.
www.manbir-online.com /htm2/snake.10.htm   (171 words)

  
 Garter Snake (Thamnophis spp.)
Garter snakes in the Sonoran Desert region are slender with a maximum length of 3¼ feet (106 cm).
Garter snakes are live-bearers, generally giving birth to 6 to 18 young in the summer.
Garter snake habitat is disappearing throughout the Sonoran Desert due to habitat destruction and fragmentation.
www.desertmuseum.org /books/garter_snake.html   (384 words)

  
 Eastern Garter Snake   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The scales of the Eastern garter snake are keeled (have ridges) and the snake's belly is yellow or pale green.
Snakes are cold blooded and derive heat from outside the body; environmental conditions must be warm enough (between 68 and 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit) for the snake to adjust its body temperature to a preferred range for activity.
Snakes are usually able to swallow prey whole and larger than themselves because the jaw drops down and back allowing the snake to open its mouth wide enough to ingest its prey; the prey is moved through the mouth as the snake advances one side of the jaw and then the other.
www.dnr.state.oh.us /wildlife/Resources/reptiles/egart.htm   (1161 words)

  
 Garter Snakes
Garters rely primarily upon sight when hunting, "hearing" (sensing ground vibrations), taste and smell, the latter two combined in use with the Jacobson's organ located in the in roof of the mouth.
The spring aggregations are often the time that garters are collected by humans, an unfortunate occurrence as it disrupts the natural balance of males and females and reduces the natural diversity of the gene pool of that population, weakening it and potentially affecting it's long-term survival.
Garters not being kept as breeders may be handled and, with continued exposure, will calm down and take an interest in their surroundings when taken out of their tanks.
www.anapsid.org /gartcare.html   (2917 words)

  
 garter snake
Garter snakes are members of the family Colubridae and the sub-family Colubrinae, which includes red-bellied snakes, brown snakes and water snakes.
Garter snakes emerge from hibernation very early in the spring (I have heard reports of them being seen when there is still snow on the ground).
Hatchling garter snakes are small (3 to 5 inches) and not often encountered in the wild due to their size.
www.angelfire.com /ab6/jnjkapfer/garter_snake.htm   (1051 words)

  
 Garter Snake
Garter snakes are named for the bright pattern of stripes (usually yellow) that resemble garters and run the length of their bodies (fl, green or brown).
Prey is swallowed whole, so garter snakes do not actually chew but use the teeth to move the prey in their mouths.
Garter snake bites are not poisonous, but they will bite if captured and release a foul odour.
www.wildinfo.net /facts/Gartersnake.asp   (473 words)

  
 Garter Snake | Animal Facts | Chaffee Zoological Gardens of Fresno   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Garter snakes are one of the most common snakes, generally in North America.
Like true water snakes, to which garter snakes are closely related, when captured they may void feces and eject a foul liquid from anal scent glands.
In viviparous garter snakes the connection by placenta between mother and embryo marks an advanced stage in evolutionary development.
www.chaffeezoo.org /animals/garterSnake.html   (436 words)

  
 garter snake. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
Most garter snakes are striped or banded lengthwise, and some are spotted between the stripes.
The common garter snake of the NE United States, Thamnophis sirtalis, varies in color and pattern but is usually flish or brownish with three yellow stripes.
Garter snakes are classified in the phylum Chordata, subphylum Vertebrata, class Reptilia, order Squamata, family Colubridae.
www.bartleby.com /65/ga/gartersn.html   (199 words)

  
 Eastern garter snake, Thamnophis sirtalis and parietalis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The eastern garter snake is a medium sized Iowa snake measuring 14 to 48 inches in length (Conant and Collins, 1991).
The eastern garter snake, Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, usually has white, mint green, orange or red on the skin BETWEEN the scales (usually only visible when the skin is stretched such as after a large meal).
The red-sided garter snake, Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis, is very similar, differing only by the presence of bold red bars or spots on the sides between the dorsal and lateral stripes.
www.herpnet.net /Iowa-Herpetology/reptiles/snakes/e.garter_snake.html   (751 words)

  
 Giant Garter Snake, Thamnophis gigas
Garter snakes are in the family Colubridae, which includes most of the species of snakes found in the western United States.
Giant garter snakes are typically absent from larger rivers because of lack of suitable habitat and emergent vegetative cover, and from wetlands with sand, gravel, or rock substrates.
Giant garter snakes are probably absent from larger rivers because the habitat is not suitable, not because of the fish.
www.fws.gov /sacramento/es/animal_spp_acct/giant_garter_snake.htm   (741 words)

  
 Common Garter Snake
Garter snakes generally mate after emerging from hibernation in March or April.
Garter snakes occupy a variety of habitats including pond and stream edges, wetlands, forests, fields, rocky hillsides and residential areas.
Occasionally, garter snakes make their way into basements, a situation that appears to be most common in spring or autumn.
www.umass.edu /nrec/snake_pit/pages/cgarter.html   (284 words)

  
 Common Garter Snake : Nature Snapshots from Minnesota DNR: Minnesota DNR
Baby garters live on their own after birth, and more than half die before they are a year old.
Garter snakes are important because they eat destructive rodents (mice) and should not be killed.
Although they are not venomous, garter snakes may bite when handled, and they may defecate (poop) on the person holding them, releasing a foul smelling odor.
www.dnr.state.mn.us /snapshots/snakes_turtles/commongartersnake.html   (250 words)

  
 Maritime Garter Snake   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Garters are widespread in Nova Scotia, including some of the larger coastal islands such as Big and Little Tancook off Mahone Bay, and Georges Island in Halifax Harbour.
Garter Snakes come out of winter hibernation in May. They are common near pond and lake shores, as well as woodlands, rocky roadsides, farmlands, gravel pits and abandoned buildings.
Garters are excellent swimmers too, moving over the surface of the water with an undulating motion.
museum.gov.ns.ca /mnh/nature/snakes/garter.htm   (271 words)

  
 San Francisco Garter Snake, Thamnophis sirtalis tetrataenia
In April 2005, 10 juvenile San Francisco garter snakes of five mixed gender pairs were transported from the Netherlands to the zoo.
These ten snakes will be used as part of a public education effort that will include classroom visits from the Zoo Mobile, on-site presentations, inclusion in VIP tours and interpretive graphic displays, that are intended to inform local residents about the plight of the snake.
The San Francisco garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis tetrataenia) is a slender, colorful snake in the Colubridae family, which includes most of the species of snakes found in the western United States.
www.fws.gov /sacramento/es/animal_spp_acct/sf_garter_snake.htm   (931 words)

  
 No reason for Mainers to have the heebie-jeebies over snakes
On the first warm days this month, garter snakes emerge from winter dens, and without a doubt, this harmless, interesting creature will send plenty of folks into the screaming heebie-jeebies should one of these colorful reptiles happen to slither across their feet.
As snakes go worldwide, a garter snake is small, but this species is actually the second largest snake in Maine and can grow to 44 inches long, according to The Amphibians and Reptiles of Maine (Bulletin 838, July 1992), a publication from the Maine Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of Maine in Orono.
Snakes usually don't seem to bother me but my husband was pretty shaken and I was surprised to see one.
outdoors.mainetoday.com /naturewatching/050409snakes.shtml   (1366 words)

  
 garter snake --  Britannica Student Encyclopedia
Garter snakes are small, slender, active snakes that are widespread and very familiar throughout North and Central America.
The water snakes (Natrix), the garter snakes (Thamnophis), the alligator lizards (Gerrhonotus), and the musk turtles (Sternotherus) emit a foul-smelling substance from anal glands.
The ribbon snake is slimmer than other garter snakes—an adult of 30 inches (76 centimeters) in length is no thicker than a pencil—and its coloration pattern is more intense and less variable.
www.britannica.com /ebi/article-9311364   (733 words)

  
 Snakes of New York
Garter snakes use a wide variety of habitats, from woodlands to marshes to fields and exist quite well around human habitations.
These snakes, like many other species, are variable in color and pattern; the basic color is dark brown or green with three yellowish stripes down their sides and back.
The milk snake is a boldly patterned serpent (brown or reddish blotches on a light grey to tan body) that vibrates its tail when annoyed.
www.esf.edu /pubprog/brochure/snakes/snakes.htm   (1165 words)

  
 Mexican Garter Snake
The main concerns for their survival seem to be the introduction other species into the snake’s habitat, such as frogs, that feed on the young snakes and also deplete the snake’s natural food supply.
Mexican Garter Snakes are found on the very southernmost parts of Arizona and New Mexico and in Mexico.
These snakes are often found in the water and are never found in an area that doesn’t have a ready, permanent water source.
www.mexicanfauna.com /mexicangartersnake.php   (430 words)

  
 Wildlife - Garter Snakes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Garter snakes, also known as garden or grass snakes, are very common in gardens and residential areas.
Since garter snakes only burrow in loose soil, some hiding places may be eliminated by packing sharp gravel and caulking around stoops and slabs.
Remember that garter snakes are harmless to you and your pets and should not be killed.
www.extension.umn.edu /info-u/environment/BD602.html   (217 words)

  
 Plains Garter Snake: Nature Snapshots from Minnesota DNR: Minnesota DNR
Plains garter snakes eat just about anything they can get their jaws around--frogs, insects, worms, fish, rodents, and eggs.
Garter snakes are eaten by hawks, skunks, raccoons, and cats.
Plains garter snakes hibernate in winter, often with other snakes, in mammal burrows or other holes in the ground.
www.dnr.state.mn.us /snapshots/snakes_turtles/plainsgartersnake.html   (271 words)

  
 Common Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis)
Most are gray, brown, or greenish with three yellowish stripes down the back, and there may be fl spots between the stripes, making the snake look "checkered".
Habitat and Habits: These snakes are found almost everywhere in fields, marshes, woods, parks, and backyards.
Like many snakes, they release a musky smelling anal secretion when threatened or handled.
www.michigan.gov /dnr/0,1607,7-153-10370_12145_12201-61200--,00.html   (139 words)

  
  Garter Snake Home Page - Alan Francis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
European herpetologists have long recognised the worth of garter snakes, and indeed the more unusual forms of garter snakes are often easier to locate in Europe, particularly in Germany and Holland.
Garter snakes as a genus have the attractive virtues of being small, hardy, attractive and lively snakes.
They are generally diurnal, and unlike many of the more colourful snakes commonly kept (such as milk snakes) are usually visible and active during daylight hours.
www.gartersnake.co.uk   (217 words)

  
 Garter Snake   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Snakes shed their skins all at once rather than in small pieces.
Normally the skin on the head pulls away first, then the snake winds its way through rock crevices or brush, causing the skin to be pulled away inside-out.
No snake should be picked up unless you are familiar with the proper method of handling and can also identify the venomous species.
www.lilburn.net /SLHA/garter-snake.htm   (139 words)

  
 Mexican Garter Snake   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The Mexican garter snake is a stout-bodied snake ranging from eighteen to forty inches in length.
Habitat: The Mexican garter snake is found in desert-grassland cienegas, in or along streams in valley floors, and occasionally in desert and lower oak woodland habitats.
The snake is a predator of leopard frogs.
www.co.pima.az.us /cmo/sdcp/sdcp2/fsheets/vuln/mgs.html   (259 words)

  
 Garter Snake
You may spot a garter snake in a park.
Garter snakes like to lie in the sun.
The garter snake has a long stripe that runs down the middle of its back.
www.ndi4all.org /grade23/GarterSnake-b.html   (115 words)

  
 Evolved resistance to toxin a survival motion for western garter snake
With their new report, the researchers pinpoint a basic mechanism by which the garter snakes keep themselves alive and maintain access to a valuable food source -- even if the cost is that the snakes are a little less spry.
Garter snakes from the Washington population tend to be more sensitive to TTX but live among newts that produce less toxin.
The California garter snakes, found to be considerably more toxin resistant than their Washington and Oregon counterparts, live among newts laden with TTX.
www.homepages.indiana.edu /082302/text/newt.html   (591 words)

  
 Garter, garter hose, garter snake care   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
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 JS Online:DNR compromises to protect garter snake, development
The Butler's garter snake, a protected species in Wisconsin, was discovered on his property in Menomonee Falls in 1999, and afterward, he struggled to satisfy the competing demands of the Department of Natural Resources and getting his project off the ground.
The Butler's garter snake is one of five garter snakes known to inhabit Wisconsin.
One challenge in protecting the snake is that it is the spitting image of the Eastern Plains garter snake.
www.jsonline.com /news/state/may05/324839.asp   (1288 words)

  
 The San Francisco Garter Snake
One of eleven subspecies of garter snake, the San Francisco Garter snake is also considered to be one of the most beautiful.
The San Francisco Garter snake feeds on the endangered Red-legged frog, as well as Pacific Tree frogs and bullfrogs (larger bullfrogs in turn feed on smaller snakes).
Because of it's red stripe, the Red-sided Garter snake is often mistaken for it.
www.geocities.com /Petsburgh/Reserve/7416/sfgs.html   (487 words)

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