If snakes are living in an area, it is because they are finding food, shelter and water there, says Snake Removal. The easiest way to get rid of snakes is to make the area less attractive to them. Garter snakes like moist, grassy areas near water, says the University of Michigan. They like habitats with hiding places, and they eat earthworms, frogs, slugs, insects and small mice. Garter snakes are harmless to people and eat vermin, so removing them might be counterproductive.Continue Reading
Garter snakes are ambush hunters and need places to hide in order to obtain food. Removing fallen logs and rock piles will discourage them from hunting in the area.
Cut back any thick vegetation, and remove hedges to eliminate any remaining hunting areas.
Block off access to sheds by sealing any small gaps around the doors or foundation. Block off access to areas under decks by building a solid barrier around the base.
If the snakes are getting into the house, carefully inspect the outer perimeter of the house and block off any possible access points.
Finally, put out glue-board traps and funnel-type snake traps to catch some snakes.
Garter snakes are carnivorous and prey upon insects, slugs, worms, lizards, amphibians, rodents and sometimes fish. Certain species of garter snake, such as the ribbon snake, are particularly fond of frogs. Common garter snakes eat many different kinds of small animals, including other snakes.Full Answer >
Garter snakes do bite people if provoked, but the bite is considered harmless, as they are non-venomous. The snakes have small teeth that can penetrate the skin and draw blood, but their mouths and teeth are usually too small to cause any serious injuries.Full Answer >
Garter snakes are slender to moderately built snakes that usually have three yellowish or greenish stripes running the length of their bodies. They average 23 to 30 inches long and have ridged scales. Their heads are wider than their bodies and are usually solid-colored. Many species have two-colored tongues.Full Answer >
Unlike most other snakes, the garter snake doesn't lay eggs. It gives birth to live young. Over 50 can be born at one time, measuring in length from 5 to 9 inches.Full Answer >