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    Hit by mower

    My husband just brought me a gorgeous western garter that he found while mowing. He accidently clipped the end of its tail with the mower. It looks like the last 2 inches or so of the tail is missing, other than that it appears to be alright. I would like to keep it, but Im pretty clueless about garters. I have a couple of boas now, so snakes arent new to me. I would like to know what to do with this new guy, what should I try to feed it, how soon should I try to feed it, do I need to provide heat, what should I do about its tail? Any info you could give me would be a great help. Thanks

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    Hi Patty, and welcome to the forum.
    The tail injury doesn't sound too worrying. I would just treat the wound with Neosporin or similar, and keep it very clean.

    As to general care of Garters, here's a good starting point....
    http://www.thamnophis.com/caresheets...ake_Care_Sheet
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    Welcome to the forum, Patty. Follow the advise from James and read up on the link he posted and you can't go wrong.
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    Welcome aboard, Patty.

    James is giving good advice. Keep the wound and the cage clean.

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    Hi and welcome, Patty.
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    Hello, and welcome! Sounds like you're getting good advice already. Cleanliness is very important right now.
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    welcome to the forum, Patty
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    welcome to the forum.....................
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    Hi, from Oregon, Patty

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    Re: Hit by mower

    Just a few more questions....

    What would be the best food to offer at first? I have one small mouse now (live), do you think he'd eat it? Should I kill it first or offer it live? Or would some of the other items from the caresheet be a better option since he is freshly caught?

    Also, this is by far the largest garter snake that I have ever found. He's probably around 3' now. Is this full grown for a western garter? Is there any way (other than probing) to sex it?

    Thanks again for all your help and advice.

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