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Old Oct 25, 2009, 11:42 AM   #1
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My son and I were on a walk along the Boise River when my son saw this little guy curled up in the leaves.

He may look big but he was only about 6" long.

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Old Oct 25, 2009, 11:54 AM   #2
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Made my skin crawl bye but good shot those things bite ya know ...
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Looks like a harmless to humans, non poisonous Garter Snake. I saw a similar one a few days ago. They are very beneficial...eat a lot of pests such as rodents and insects.

Beautiful , but shy and retiring animals...the Garter Snake.

Here's a link about the Garter Snake in Idaho. Two different types of this snake live in the State.

http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&source...u5DUMvWlzDPbNA

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They still bite! UCK....
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They still bite! UCK....
That's true they do bite. I was bitten by a large Garter Snake when I was about 10 years old, but from what I recall many years ago it wasn't much of a bite.

When I was bitten it was just the snake's attempt to protect itself from me, as being a 10 year old boy I was in the process of catching it.

Back then as a kid, I would catch them ...look at them and then gently let them go.

They are really beautiful little animals, although I don't recommend anyone try to catch one...you could make a mistake and try to catch a poisonous snake.

I lived in an area where there were only a couple of varieties of snakes...all non poisonous. That's not a common situation in most areas however.

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That's true they do bite. I was bitten by a large Garter Snake when I was about 10 years old, but from what I recall many years ago it wasn't much of a bite.

When I was bitten it was just the snake's attempt to protect itself from me, as being a 10 year old boy I was in the process of catching it.

Back then as a kid, I would catch them ...look at them and then gently let them go.

They are really beautiful little animals, although I don't recommend anyone try to catch one...you could make a mistake and try to catch a poisonous snake.

I lived in an area where there were only a couple of varieties of snakes...all non poisonous. That's not a common situation in most areas however.

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Me too. But I was bitten when I was about six, and yes, catching a garter snake. Poor little guy hung onto me for dear life. Didn't hurt at all, although I cried like a baby, which come to think of it I more or less was.

Since then I've been bitten a dozen times while rescuing snakes, who insist on sunning themselves on the road on those first Spring mornings. The only time it hurt was when I picked up a King Snake and discovered that they like to chew what they bite...

Even then was no big deal. When I had a place upstate, I used to welcome garter snakes, Corn Snakes, whatever. They would keep my house mouse and rodent free.

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