Butler’s Garter Snake
From central Ohio en central Indiana northwards through eastern Michigan and the southern tip of Ontario.
Geographically isolated populations are found in the far east from Wisconsin and in the Luther Marsh region in central, southern Ontario.
Is mostly found in marshes, wet meadows, prairie-like areas and water bodies in open area.
Often occurs in the vicinity of water bodies, but is also found in an area where the surroundings go completely dry during a part of the year.
Especially earthworms and other invertebrates, but sometimes amphibians and fish.
Matings immediately after hibernation (late March / early April).
There are, on average, about 10 young born per litter, with a maximum up to 16 young. These are at birth approximately 15 to 18 cm long.
This small species can be kept in a small terrarium
Since they barely enter the water and hardly go climbing, a small water basin is sufficient and climbing branches are not absolutely necessary.
This species likes to dig so a thick layer of soil substrate is necessary.
Is a suitable species to keep in an outdoor enclosure throughout the year.
Even though it eats mainly earthworms, it usually can be tricked to start eating fish etc.
A brumation of approximately four months is recommended.
Average length is between 45 and 55 cm. Record length is approximately 74 cm.
Is found up to heights of 500 meters.
Shows a completely different flight behavior than other garter snake species.
During the flight he throws his body from side to side.
The reason for this is not known; in this way it moves slower than when it would normally crawl.
Keeps a four to five-month brumation in the wild.