|This snake has adapted to live in a wide variety of habitats. They
are common in marshes, fields, along streams, in wood lots, ravines, and
open areas in cities and towns. One of the reasons for its success is that
it eats a wide variety of foods. These includes worms, frogs, toads, tadpoles,
fish, meadow voles, salamanders, and young birds.
The garter snake is an important link in the food chain. It provides food for many larger birds and mammals including hawks, skunks, larger snakes, and raccoons.
These snakes can be active throughout the day and night, but usually hunt at dawn and dusk. In winter garter snakes hibernate under wooden stumps or rocks. They also use old burrows of animals like the woodchuck and meadow vole to escape the winter cold. They move from their warm-weather habitats to the winter hibernating location in early October. During this movement many snakes are killed while trying to cross roads.
Length 18- 26 in