Garter-Snake Snakes

Common Garter Snake – From MN DNR website


Identification:  The common garter snake and its cousin, the plains garter snake, are medium-sized snakes reaching up to 3 feet in length.
Color:  Black with three, yellow lengthwise stripes on their back and sides


Garter snakes give birth to their young, typically in August or September. Baby garters live on their own after birth but more than half die before they are a year old.


Garter snakes eat a varied diet including frogs, small mammals, worms & insects.


The most common snakes found in Minnesota are the Common Garter, Hognose, Little Redbelly and Bull snakes.  The Common Garter snake is the most well-known as they are found in suburban areas, hilltops, along rivers, and in backyards. These snakes are harmless since they are considered non-poisonous. Their teeth are not able to inject their mild venom like other types of snakes.


Although Garter snakes are considered harmless, they may bite a human or pet to protect themselves. Garter snakes’ nuisance factor is centered on human’s dislike of snakes themselves versus danger or damage. At Wildlife Control Now, we offer removal, exclusion, and preventative services.  We take great pride in serving the local community with capture and removal of wildlife pests.  We offer free in-home inspections for wildlife and pest control problems and will create an estimate and customized plan to suit your needs.