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Garter Snake

Garter Snakes are very common

Garter snakes have yellowish stripes on their sides

Classification - Garter Snakes are reptiles. They have scales, are cold-blooded, breathe air, and usually lay eggs.

Most reptiles...

  • have lungs for breathing
  • are cold-blooded
  • give birth to young hatched from eggs
  • have dry, rough, scaly skin
  • lay their eggs on or under dry ground
  • begin their life cycle on land

Habitats - They like wide open, grassy areas with low plants and open water— like parks and golf courses.

During winter - Garter snakes hibernate during the cold winter months.

Anatomy - Garter snakes are usually black with yellowish, vertical stripes along their body. They can be vary in color. Full-grown snakes are usually two to three feet long. They sun themselves during the day and hide at night. They need warmth for digestion and growth.

Diet - Garter snakes eat earthworms, frogs, fish, and occasionally mice.

Adaptations - Garter snakes use their flickering tongue to smell.

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Garter Snake blending into the grass