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Q: What size tank do you recommend keeping a garter snake in?

June 11, 2009 | By Alexander N. | 5 answers | Expired: 1763 days ago

What size tank do you recommend keeping a garter snake in?

Ignore the rest, I let the snake go yesterday. But in case you wanted to read what I had if you have a similar question/answer, go for it.

I recently found a young Common Garter Snake in a ditch behind my college dorm and went to PetCo the next day to ask for advice and gather supplies to keep it as a pet. I bought it a 10 gallon (20x12x10) tank, and it seems relatively happy (well...content). The snake is about 20 inches long, and is quite docile, as it does not must or flee as it did when I first caught it. However, I am worried that it will soon out-grow the tank. Does anyone have experience dealing with how large a tank should be relative to snake size?

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Jillian
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Jun 13, 2009

although i love snakes, i think its cruel to keep them as a pet. imagine the life your snake had before you found him/her. they were able to wander freely and as far as they could wish for - and suddenly, you caught them, stole their freedom, and stuck them in a tank. i don't care if your tank is the largest available, its no match for the great outdoors. please release this snake back into the wild where they belong. theres no reason this snake should lose its freedom just b/c you think it would be fun to keep them as a pet.

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wendy w.
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Jun 12, 2009

Hmmm....You can start with that size tank, but will have to go larger as she grows. I asked the same question when I adopted an Albino King Snake......I was told as long as the can stretch the (20" long) distance of the tank and wrap around the corner and to the side (10"), without the tip touching, the tank is large enough. Which, if you do the math equals to a 30" snake...I have mine in a 40 gallon tank....will soon be buying a much larger one!
Please do your homework, learn what they need to eat, what temp/humid they need. Be sure to give her lots of things to hide in and slither over...And just remember, the longer you keep her the less of a chance for releasing back into the wild. If you are going to keep her, be sure to hit the internet to find out as much as possible about garter snakes. Okay? I wish you the best....Hope she stays happy and healthy!

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jackie
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Jun 12, 2009

i agree it should remain free. that is the way its supose to be

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Jun 12, 2009

I agree with the other poster. I understand you wanting to keep it, but you may be mistaking the docile behavior for something other than sickness, or "depression". The snake may have just given up on being happy and free. Perhaps you could occasionally catch it to interact with it. We have some snakes here who seem to return to the same area of our land each year.

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Ethel02
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Jun 11, 2009

The snake should go back & live where you found it.

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