Thamnophis sirtalis Photo Alan Cressler ©
Garter snakes are long (20-28 inch) slim snakes that can be quite variable in color and appearance, but they usually have a dark body with three stripes that run the length of the body. The stripes can be yellow, brown or greenish, or blue.
Garter snakes are found across North America, from Canada to Central America. They are common in Florida especially along canals and in marshes and swamps. The feed on aquatic and semi-aquatic prey such as frogs, salamanders, tadpoles and fish. Interestingly, they also prey on earthworms and toads, which they locate by following the animal’s scent. Their mildly toxic saliva may help to subdue prey.
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