Giant Garter Snake
California. Occurs only in the San Joaquin Valley, from Butte County southward into Kern County.
The semi-arid zones in the vicinity of all kinds of flowing water bodies, ponds, and lakes. They avoid big rivers. Seems, in terms of water, to have a preference for a muddy soil and plenty of vegetation (eg. channels).
Fish and amphibians. Hunts almost exclusively in the water.
The young are born between mid-July and early September.
A litter consists of 10 to 46 young.
These are about 20 cm long at birth.
I have not been able to find data about keeping this species in the terrarium.
Largest garter snake species.
Males 50 to 74 cm long.
Females are between 55 and 100 cm long.
There are specimens found of over 160 cm.
This species is strictly protected
Occurs at altitudes up to 120 meters.
Is almost always in the proximity of water
This species is very shy and will flee into the water at the slightest disturbance.