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(Note for those preferring herping pics- I'll be in Houston this weekend, so expect some exciting herpspam. At least I'll be excited. Target species: buttermilk racer, eastern hognose, western milksnake). One of my breeder male California red-sided garters. This aggressive feeder is always waiting at the sliding door, coming out halfway to meet me. Then he grabs the mouse (or pinky rat, or silverside fish) and takes off like a spastic jerk. ๐Ÿ˜†
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Found this little guy in my front yard today! Wonder how many of them are under my front porch?! ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ˜ณ #snake #gartersnake #slytherin

First snake of 2017. Eastern Garter Snake - Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis photographed in-situ. One of three found today in Somerset County, New Jersey. #easterngartersnake #gartersnake #thamnophissirtalissirtalis #thamnophis #sirtalis #herping #herpetology #nature #njwildlife #snake

The neon blue California red-sided garter has always been one of the most beautiful snakes to me. I'm so lucky to have one of my own! She is just gorgeous. Skillfully bred by @tx_snakewrangler :) #gartersnake #infernalis

One of the good dogs showed up with a dead checkered garter snake. Cool pattern! #snake #nature #wildlife #reptile #gartersnake

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So cute! Thanks for sharing @would_rather_be_reading_!

Look who's coming out to play! Thanks for sharing @iemilyy18

Gorgeous! Leucistics are so pretty! Thanks for sharing @kimgrimesxx!

So glimmery โœจ! Thanks for sharing @shan.mmhn

Snake cuddles! Thanks for sharing @theartofpurplewords!

Look who's all dressed up! Thanks for sharing @shshshauna!

they look like a lil' spy! Thanks for sharing @rc.cla!

What a pretty snake! Thanks for sharing @transaxel!

Gorgeous! I dont think ive seen a morph quite like that before! Thanks for sharing @pastelprismo!

Almost stepped on this guy. Garter snake?
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Hello Mr. Garter Snake! #gartersnake #snakes

Pair of eastern garter snakes, Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, basking on leaves on a warm (73.8 degrees F!) day in February. They're probably back in hibernaculum today (just 45 degrees). Iโ€™ve never stumbled onto an overwintering den, but some subspecies of garters can gather in the tens of thousands. Side note: often called (wrongly) garden snakes and garder snakes, perhaps by people unfamiliar with stocking garters, their namesake. Garters were knit and had lines and diamond patterns, so resembled snakes. Back in early Europe, even guys wore garters. Not so much anymore. I think "garter snake" dates from late 1700 England. That's TMI on many levels, I know.
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