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    Hello, and thoughts on species

    Hi All,

    I'm new here and new to snakes. I've never kept a snake but have always found them fascinating. I'm here to read and learn, and decide if owning a snake is in the cards for me sometime down the road.

    If I ever got one, I'd be interested in a species that is out and active in a naturalistic enclosure and is docile and handleable. What are your thoughts on my top choices:

    -T. Infernalis
    -T. Concinnus
    -T. Radix
    -T. Marcianus

    It's unlikely that I'd have more than one snake, so it's a serious decision.


    Thanks!

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    Re: Hello, and thoughts on species

    I'd suggest T. radix in the female model. Sweet and easily worked with. I may be a bit bias when it comes to T. radix though.
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    Re: Hello, and thoughts on species

    For a first time snake for you id go with marcianus, they are a hardy species thats readily available and affordable

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    Re: Hello, and thoughts on species

    You're going to get a lot of radix recommendations and I agree. As a general rule most garter snakes are docile, handleable, and active. A lot of people will tell you females are more docile than males and my experience is the same. Maybe not as colorful as other species and subspecies but they certainly make up for it with personality.

    I've only had marcianus and radix so I can't say anything about the other two so maybe others who are more experienced than I will chime in
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    Re: Hello, and thoughts on species

    Thank you, everyone, for the warm welcome and great advice so far. I love the colors of the west coast garters, but T. Radix is a strong front runner. I tend to favor the study and appreciation of plants and animals native to my region (Minnesota).

    I have entertained possibly keeping one of each in the same enclosure, which I've read a lot about in these forums. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

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    Re: Hello, and thoughts on species

    Quote Originally Posted by Qwerty3159 View Post
    You're going to get a lot of radix recommendations and I agree. As a general rule most garter snakes are docile, handleable, and active. A lot of people will tell you females are more docile than males and my experience is the same. Maybe not as colorful as other species and subspecies but they certainly make up for it with personality.

    I've only had marcianus and radix so I can't say anything about the other two so maybe others who are more experienced than I will chime in

    Beautiful snake! Thanks for sharing.
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    Re: Hello, and thoughts on species

    After reading many, many threads in 90+ pages of this forum, I’m leaning toward a female radix and a female concinnus in one big vivarium.
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    Re: Hello, and thoughts on species

    Quote Originally Posted by MNGuy View Post
    After reading many, many threads in 90+ pages of this forum, I’m leaning toward a female radix and a female concinnus in one big vivarium.
    Good choices. T. radix will probably be much easier and cheaper to get.
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