Andrew asked in PetsReptiles · 3 weeks ago

Are garter snakes venomous?

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  • 3 weeks ago

    not that im aware of ive seen some in my yard sometimes and never have been bitten by one only time i see them bite is when their eating.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    That depends. There are African snakes called "garter snakes" that are quite venomous. The American species of the same common name are very slightly venomous but I have never worried about getting bitten by them.

    BTW, blueface, that rhyme is a good way to get killed if you are in Latin America.

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    No, they are not. They do have long teeth (to hold onto slippery prey such as frogs and fish). To be considered venomous, an animal must have some way to inject toxic substances under the skin of another animal, and that toxic substances must be used either as defense or as a way to subdue prey. Garter snakes do not have grooved or hollow fangs, which are common among venomous snakes. Garter snakes may have secretions from their Duvernoy's gland that are toxic, but these secretions are not used for self defense or to subdue prey. Therefore snake and anatomy experts poo-poo the claim that garter snakes are venomous.

    Yes, there are people who claim that practically all lizards and snakes are venomous because they tested the toxicity of the secretions from glands inside their mouths and found that many of these chemicals are very toxic. The problem with that sort of definition of venomous would mean that humans are also venomous, since our saliva is toxic if injected under the skin of another person. But since humans do not use our salva for self defense or to kill prey, and since we do not have any way to inject saliva into another animal (except using hypodermic needles), humans cannot be classified as venomous.

  • 3 weeks ago

    Actually they all are, but so mild, they are not a threat to humans or larger pets.

    What they have for teeth is usually too short and bite force to weak to penetrate skin, the largest teeth set in the back of their mouths. It would take a rather large garter snake gnawing on a finger to maybe draw blood, but I have never heard of aggression from these smaller snakes. Pick them up wrong, they may strike, but no harm or even pain. They eat mostly insects, small frogs, baby rodents perhaps.

    Just get snake smart and know how to identify them, there are some look alikes that can cause minor injury needing some form of first aid. Cleaning and disinfect.

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  • ?
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    Some species are in fact venomous  but they cannot seriously injure or kill humans with the small amounts of comparatively mild venom they produce, and they also lack an effective means of delivering it.

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    It depends on the colours. An easy way to remember which snakes are venomous is the rhyme, 'red next to black, jump the heII back, red next to yella, he's a cuddly fella'.

    • Tarakonah7 days agoReport

      This doesn't apply to any venomous snake other than coral. What about copperheads, Rattlers, Cotton Mouths, Etc Etc ...

  • 3 weeks ago

    They are relatively harmless, although some species do possess a mild neurotoxic venom. However, it is not dangerous to humans.

    Source(s): Google.
  • 3 weeks ago

    Only a few species of garter snakes have venom, but that venom is not effective against humans.

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