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  1. #21
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacardi1 View Post
    First off - it wasn't a Garter Snake (they come in MANY different color patterns - not just "striped"). They are strictly fish, amphibian, & insect eaters - no warm-blooded animals (or eggs). And they're groundwelling - don't care for trees/shrubs.
    I recently found a good sized garter snake in my barn and moved him back out to a spot that will not freak out Mr. Trub (heck, I do not do spiders, he does not do snakes). I then did a bunch of research and the research I did does not agree with your post about them only eating fish, insects. What I read says they will eat rodents and eggs if they find them in a size they can ingest.


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    Well, dang, I guess the garter snakes I have seen in bushes and eating baby mouselets failed to get the memo! I'll let them know next time, hee.


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    "eating baby mouselets" that sound just horrible!

    I know a garter snake when I see it, and the large one by our pond spent
    time in the juniper bush.
    Proud member of People Who Hate to Kill Wildlife clique



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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruth0552 View Post
    And this link indicates that they eat bird eggs and mice.
    Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community. (Tidy Rabbit)



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    Am wondering if Bacardi just got confused (hey, it happens to me all the time, I often don't know what month it is and yesterday I forgot what state I live in, sigh...). Every herp key I have ever used indicates examining the stripe margins to identify garter snakes and to distinguish them from ribbon snakes. Perhaps s/he is thinking of a different species group by accident.



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