Garter Snakes

by Tom
(Philadelphia, PA.)

Garter snakes are not poisonous.


In the eastern U.S.A. our garden snakes are usually garter snakes, very small brown snakes and an occasional milk snake.

NONE of these are poisonous and a smart gardener will be happy to have them because they eat pests - both rodent and insect.

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Jun 06, 2011
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Not invited for breakfast!
by: Anonymous

Walked into my kitchen this morning and found a snake behind the table. It was a garter snake but shakes me to think "how'd he get in here?"

Feb 07, 2011
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Garter snakes are not venomous
by: Anonymous

Hi Tom,
You are REALLY lucky to have useful nonvenomous snakes in your gardens. Here in Australia it is far from the case.

Last week we were caring for a three year old fox terrier who was having a battle at the front porch with a red bellied black snake.

We rushed her off to the vets where she stayed for about 30 hours under observation. The antivenom injection cost over $700.00 and the venom detection kit was over $500.00.

All in all it cost the owners $2475.00. She did survive though and all ended well BUT the snake is still out there in their garden somewhere.

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