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    Anyone Raising Garters outside?

    My garters mostly eat worms, toads and chicken gizzards(dusted with calcium powder) so they probably smell way worse than any mouse eating snake. A couple days ago i got tired of it and built them a new home outside out of stuff i had around the house and i am sure the enclosure will last until at least winter.
    Here is a photo of the enclosure before i finished it i forgot to snap a photo of the finished result. :P
    Anyone else have their garters outside?



    And a photo of one of my feisty garters.


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    Re: Anyone Raising Garters outside?

    That's interesting. Is it predator-proof though? I feel like something with claws could easily scratch through the plastic? I might just be missing something though.
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    Re: Anyone Raising Garters outside?

    Welcome to the forum.

    Wondering how this is secured?
    I also have a concern about the damp environment. Garters need a place to be dry. Wet, decaying leaves may give way to scale rot or even respiratory infections.

    I'm just confused as to how a water dish is used and how this snake can dry out. Another concern would be the fact that plastic will retain heat and may cause this enclosures' heat to exceed safe limits.
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    Re: Anyone Raising Garters outside?

    Is there a reason why you can't get your garters to just eat frozen/thawed pinkies along with the worms?
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    Re: Anyone Raising Garters outside?

    Yeah doesn't look all that critter proof, a raccoon can easily tear through something like that in a millisecond if it really wanted to.
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    Re: Anyone Raising Garters outside?

    Or a bird, Crows love garter livers..

    Toads are a bad idea, because of the parasite loads..

    Please read our care sheet thoroughly.

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    Re: Anyone Raising Garters outside?

    A crow goes through that plastic like a kopis through saran wrap. So do rodents. It's definitely not predator proof, especially not against the two-legged (nefarious or dimwitted) kind. I'd also like to see the finished version, I suspect it will either be a giant rain gauge or a small greenhouse.

    In short, I strongly advise against it, unless you can create a well-drained, covered and secure enclosure.

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    Re: Anyone Raising Garters outside?

    The enclosure is not made from plastic. It is made from tyvek house wrap which is both tear resistant and drains and it is even in a fenced in area so nothing very big can get in anyways. I have kept tortoises in similar enclosures without problems for multiple years and they were never capable of clawing out either. The leaves i am using as substrate are only wet because i had just finished raking them up. The enclosure is in a shaded area the prevent over heating(just like the tortoises were).
    I have had garters and other reptiles on a natural diet for years without problems.
    Just because someone is keeping reptiles differently than you does not mean they are doing it incorrectly.

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    Re: Anyone Raising Garters outside?

    Quote Originally Posted by DeadInTheBasement View Post
    Just because someone is keeping reptiles differently than you does not mean they are doing it incorrectly.
    That's cool, you're right, we are all wrong.

    Good luck.

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    Re: Anyone Raising Garters outside?

    Quote Originally Posted by DeadInTheBasement View Post
    Just because someone is keeping reptiles differently than you does not mean they are doing it incorrectly.
    Of course not, but deviating from the tried and proven does make it more likely.

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