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Eastern Garter Snake


  • Average length of 2 feet with some individuals growing up to 4 feet
  • Markings include stripes that run the length of the body
  • Most garter snakes release a foul smell when harmed or threatened

The Eastern Garter Snake is a common snake in the US. It is just at home in the forest as it is in open fields. Most garter snakes can be identified by yellow stripes running down the length of its body, which is usually green or brown. The garter snake is not considered a venomous snake, although their saliva is toxic to small animals.

The garter snake is extremely thin for its length and never reaches lengths greater than 4ft, the average length is around 2ft. In northern climates the garter snake hibernates in large groups, but it is active year round in warm, southern climates. It is often found near water and feeds on many small aquatic animals. These snakes are frequently in yards and near homes, learn about our snake control and how we can keep snakes out of your yard.

I just moved to the area and called Horizons for a quote. The office staff were very helpful in assessing my needs and getting me set up with an appointment. Horizons Professional Pest Control sent a technician the same day to take care of my problem. My technician, Chad, was very knowledgable and took so much time talking to me about what I needed and telling me how he was going to address those needs. So happy with my choice.

Leigh, Cahaba Heights, AL
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