Garter Snake


Thamnophis sirtalis


The Garter Snakes in Pacific Spirit Regional Park live near aquatic or wet areas of the park, including the Camosun Bog.  They live in hibernacula with snakes of other species.


They feed upon earthworms, small fish, larvae and amphibians.


They will slither into the water when the snakes are startled and can dive right to the bottom of the bog pond to hide.  They also hide under the boardwalk or under rocks and logs.  The Garter Snake can strike and bite when threatened, but are not poisonous.  They do emit a foul-smelling musk from their gland vent and release feces and excrement in order to escape.



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