|Garter SnakeA group of harmless snakes, the most common snakes in the U.S. Twelve species are widely distributed in the U.S.; garter snakes are also common in Canada and most of Mexico.Garter snake may attain a length of 1 m (3 ft) and a diameter of 2.5 cm (1 in).
The best-known garter snakes in the U.S. are the common garter snake and the ribbon snake.
The ribbon snake differs from other garter snakes in several ways. Its coloration is more intense; it is extremely slender, less than 1.2 cm (0.5 in) in diameter; it is always found near water; and it rarely produces more than 12 young in a litter.
|They can be found in developed areas in parks, vacant lots, or backyards. Garter snakes have coarse, ridged scales and are named for the garter like pattern on the skin: Three stripes run the length of the dark brown or black body, one on either side and one along the back. They bear their young alive, averaging 20 in a litter.|