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The Garter Snake

Garter snakes are abundant throughout the LaurelLake area. Garter snakes are small to medium-sized snakes with 3 long, lengthwise stripes on its dorsal side Garter snakes are viperous . Garter snakes grow to a length of 48 inches.

The Garter snakes' habitat varies from grassland to woodland. It will try to escape when trapped. Garter snakes will flatten, making it appear longer than it actually is and will bite when captured.

Garter snakes will eat other "cold blooded" prey suchas earthworms, toads, frogs, salamanders, small fish, birds, and small mammals.

Garter snakes recognize members of the opposite sexby sense of smell. Courtship of male and female occursin April. There is no other snake in North America withmore breeding potential. The date of birth of offspringdepends upon the summer temperature. Very large littersof 73 or more have been observed. The average litter contains 14 or 15.