Common Garter Snake


Actual Size: 2 feet-4.5 feet long

Characteristics: Most have yellow stripes on a black, brown or green background.


  • Garter snakes have mildly-venomous saliva, toxic to amphibians or other small animals.
  • They can bite humans, but their saliva typically only causes mild burning or itching.

Often called garden snakes due to the closeness in name, garter snakes are one of the most common types of snakes in the nation. They are known for their characteristic stripe along the entire length of the spine, making them easy to identify. The Common garter snake is not poisonous and generally completely harmless. These highly adaptable snakes are found throughout the nation and can survive in a variety of habitats and in a variety of climates.

Common Garter Snake Behaviors

Garter snakes have dens that are often found under large rocks or structures. They are often seen along the perimeter of buildings, under stepping stones, or in rock fences. Unlike other types of snakes, garter snakes give birth to live young. Their diet is wide-ranging, but their prey typically includes snails, slugs, crickets, and other insects. Larger garter snakes have been known to eat birds, small mammals, and frogs.

Prevent Common Garter Snakes from Returning to Your Property

Attempting to remove snakes from your property without the help of professionals can be a very costly mistake. Of course, one of the biggest dangers is that the snake will be venomous, and you or someone else could be bitten during the process. Even in Northern Virginia, venomous snakes are fairly rare, but they are present and a pest control expert will be able to correctly identify the species and implement the correct trapping and removal techniques.

There are additional problems that could arise even if you do successfully trap and remove the snake. The appearance of one snake on your property could be a sign that you have a nest elsewhere. The snake removal specialists at Ehrlich Pest Control can find and eliminate the larger snake problem.

After addressing any existing snake problems within your residential or commercial property, our pest control team will help you to prevent future snake problems. This includes identifying and sealing any areas around your building where snakes could enter and create a nest. We will also provide you with tips that will make your surrounding property less attractive to snakes and other common Northern Virginia pests.