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    My First Garter!

    Hello, first time poster, I just got my first garter today, he is wild caught, and because he is my first garter, I was wondering what species he is, His/Her gender, and any tips on caring for Him/Her, as I have next to no experience keeping garters. Also on a side note He/Her seems to really like being handled, as well as eating earthworms in front of me.
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    Re: My First Garter!

    Where are you from? My guess is a radix (Plains garter snake)
    This site has one of the best garter caresheets around.
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    Re: My First Garter!

    Location helps when you want an id of species, theres 20+
    Looks like a northwestern in the picture you posted. Thats my guess
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    Re: My First Garter!

    Hi, I forgot to mention, I'm from Vancouver Island Canada, if that helps identify the species.

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    Re: My First Garter!

    Yes that does help. Thats puts you in the range of the northwestern garter(Thamnophis ordinoides)
    The other garter species in that range are pickeringii and maybe fitchi...not 100% on that so i could be wrong.
    But do your research

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    Re: My First Garter!

    Thatís 100% northwesters garter snake also looks like it might have parasites are those bumps on the sides of the snake or do they look like battle scars

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