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Behavioral Ecology

Common garter snake - Thamnophis sirtalis




  • 16-28 inches total length
  • Found in marshes, meadows, and woodlands
  • Prefers moist vegetation
  • Active during day
  • Feed on frogs and earthworms

cgarter map

 Interesting fact:
  • Along with biting, garter snakes discourage potential predators by defecating a mixture containing a very smelly musk and attempting to smear the stinky stuff all over their captors.