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The terrestrial garter snake is perhaps the most frequently seen snake in the Grand Valley and is often called a “garden snake.” Garter snakes are harmless and are also beneficial. The snakes eat the insects, including grasshoppers, that will eat your garden plants. Garter snakes will only bite if you try to pick them up and even then, the bite is more like a paper cut.

Snakes alive

Slithering serpents can be good for keeping rodents at bay

If your first glance at the photos on this page caused an involuntary shudder, you are not alone.
Fear of snakes might be the most common phobia, according to psychologists. Even people who are not actually terrified of snakes generally do not get a “warm fuzzy feeling” upon spying one.
Snakes have long been cast as the villain in mythology and folklore, but it is time to change our attitude toward snakes. The vast majority that you may encounter in our area are not only harmless, they’re likely beneficial to you.

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Joel L. Evans
Meredith Swett Walker
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