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    Hey OZZY!

    I found a Snake! Its a cute little snake I found, A Garter Snake.



    He is about 20 inches long. I'm doing some research on them now I might keep him. Any advice might be helpful Ozzy or any one else. Ive read so far they can be picky eaters. Do they need a heating pad?

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    I was talking to a friend who said that wild garter snakes don't do well when they are captured from the wild. This true?

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    I think I remember my zoology teacher saying that wild snakes don't do well as pets when we were doing our snake trapings. You could probably raise it if you really wanted to but you'd probably be happier with a bought snake thats used to being in a tank and would't bite and struggle when you held it.

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    My dad caught a yellow rat snake when I was a kid. The only time it ever tried to bite him is
    when he was capturing it. We've had it for years now and it's very well tempered.

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    Im sure it depends on the Snake....

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    The first hurdle will be getting it to eat. If it eats the rest can be dealt with. You also need to check the laws concerning keeping a wild reptile. If it's not legal you should let it go where you found it.
    There are different garter snakes in Ohio. I know at least one is rare and is probably protected, the Butler gardersnake. I'd have to look up the descriptions, I don't remember now.

    What are you planning on feeding it? Depending on size the best thing to feed it will be baby mice. Being in ohio, I can tell you where to get plenty of food.
    You should have a tank with a warm side and a cool side. The warm side needs to be between 90 and 100f. I use a light bulb with a metal shade and a rock under it. He needs to have a place to hide and fresh water. That's the basic care info.

    You and the snake would probably be much more happier with captive born snake. My favorite beginner snake is the western hognose. That's an awesome snake.

    Let me know if you have any questions.

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    I think the snakes in the area we were trapping in must have been a more aggressive variety. I think maybe they were bull snakes. What ever they were they were mean when we caught them and stayed mean when we brought them in the class for observation. They'd lunge at you through the glass whenever they saw anything move and bite when they got the chance.

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    I think I'm going to set it free, I've found a few places that say most wild snakes don't do well in captivity, and ozzy pretty much confirmed it. I was going to give it earth worms, insects, an occasional feeder fish (the vitamin deficiency), find some tadpoles at the creek, and an occasional pinky, even though a pinky would be sad for me seeing as how I have 2 rats.

    Thanks for the info, I wanna fund different snakes and get pictures of them, thats my goal for the summer. Get at least 10 different species of snake on camera.

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