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General Information: Western Terrestrial Garter Snake (Thamnophis elegans) is the only snake I have seen to inhabit this area. These guys are really great for the ecosystem. Their diet consists of slugs, leeches, fish, frogs, lizards, snakes, birds, mice, insects and even bats. They are non poisonous!

Scientific Information:
Adults 24" to 42" in length. Color brown to gray; gray and light tan checkerboard pattern conspicuous in juveniles, darkens and becomes obscure with age. Light stripe down sides of body, becomes less prominent with age. Prominent light stripe down back on individuals from southeastern Colorado; stripe faint or absent elsewhere. Moderately slender body; keeled scales. Single anal plate.

Elevation Range: Usually below 11,000', but has been found at 13,100' in San Miguel County, southwest Colorado.

Control: At times these snakes get into basements and around concrete slabs. To be honest the only method of getting rid of them is to modify the habitat. If you find yourself needing help please contact us. Some folks are just scared of snakes and no matter what I say can change that pattern of thinking so we just move the snakes and do the repairs.


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