Snake Information



The most widespread and frequently encountered snake in New York is the garter snake. These snakes, like many other species, are variable in color and pattern; the basic color is dark brown or green with three yellowish stripes down their sides and back. They may reach lengths of two feet, but are typically smaller.


They do hibernate from November to late March, but also may emerge from time to time to bask in the sun during warms spells. Some populations may travel great distances to migrate from their winter dens to their summer feeding grounds, while others simply stay put.


Generally consume frogs, toads, salamanders, earthworms, fish and rodents.


Reproduction takes place after they emerge from hibernation in the spring time, in April or May. The average number of young is around 12 but can range anywhere from 4-27. Females give birth in late summer or maybe even the early fall.