The care of baby garter snakes

The first major reptile care article I’ve written in more than three years, Raising Baby Garter Snakes: Some Personal Observations, is now online at It first appeared in The Garter Snake, the EGSA’s quarterly, last month. The editor, Daniel Grübner, wanted contributions from North America, so I obliged with 2,400 words or so. The article focuses primarily on what I’ve learned through trial and error in raising more than 100 baby garter and ribbon snakes; it’s anecdotal rather than definitive, but hopefully useful. It’ll also serve as the basis for a chapter on breeding for the long-planned garter snake care manual.