Are Checkered Garter Snakes Dangerous?

The checkered Garter Snake is a species of Garter snake. Its scientific name is Thamnophis marcianus. It is greenish with a black checkerboard pattern. They live near the water also they can be found in deserts, grassland, savanna, and marshes areas. They are found in the southwestern United States, Mexico, and Central America.  People keep it as a pet. Its common length is 18 to 24 inches (46 to 61 cm) but it can grow up to 42 inches (107 cm).

Checkered garter snake


Are Checkered Garter Snakes Dangerous?

Checkered garter snakes have mild venom which can be deadly to their prey and predator but in humans, it shows low reaction so it is not dangerous to humans but dangerous to prey and some predators.

They have mild venom which helps them to capture prey and this venom is enough to power to kill their prey but this type of venom doesn't cause death in humans. Mild venom is a type of modified toxin which show a high effect on small animals and insects but its fetal effect is low in big animals and human.

Because of mild venom, it can kill small prey so it is dangerous for small prey and it shows a low reaction in humans so for humans it is not dangerous.

Because this is not dangerous for human, human keeps it as a pet in their home.

are checkered garter snakes dangerous to humans?

The garter snake family has a toxin in their saliva that works like venom but it shows a mildly effect on humans so the checkered garter snake is not dangerous for humans.

There have been not any cases registered of death from checkered garter snake bite but that doesn't mean this snake doesn't bite. If this snake will unsafe/threatens you or accidentally harm them then in reaction they can bite you. but you won't die from their bite.
Note - make sure you are bitten by this snake otherwise if you have a problem with recognizing the snake then it might cause a problem.

are checkered garter snakes dangerous to dogs?

Dogs are known as the best friend of humans and today most people like to have a pet dog but your pet dog would not like to always close inside a home sometimes they come out of your home to play. Maybe they go to your backyard. Sometimes snakes come to the backyard in search of food it is most common and if there are bushes or forest areas near your backyard then you must have encountered a slathering snake around your backyard.

Your pet dog might see it and try to play with it. Some dogs are smart that they quickly understand that snake is dangerous but not every dog understand this because they live with human and they are just friendly with everyone. While playing with a snake or fighting with a snake, a snake might bite your dog. If a venomous snake bites your dog it is an emergency but what about when a non-venomous Checkered Garter Snake bites your dog?

Checkered Garter Snakes have toxins in their saliva and this toxin can show some reactions like dizziness and vomiting in dogs and swelling on the bitten area but this toxin is not deadly to dogs.

are checkered garter snakes dangerous to cats?

After dogs, cats are the most common pet animals of humans. cats are not like dogs. Cats have two types of nature, some cats show aggressive behavior and some are cute. If any snake slather around your backyard cat can spot that snake and they are not like dogs who would like to play with snakes. Generally, cats attack snakes, or cats may eat snake. To protect themself from cats snakes might bite your cat.

Cats are similar to animals like dogs so Checkered Garter Snake's bite may show a low reaction on the cat but cause vomiting and dizziness and the cat may feel unwell.

are checkered garter snakes dangerous to chickens?

checkered garter snakes can hunt small prey like amphibians, insects, worms and small lizards, etc but it is dangerous to chickens? People who have chickens and checkered garter snake comes near their house in the search of food then the person must be worried about is this snake dangerous for chickens because they are small?

These snakes are too small to swallow chickens and chickens might attack and kill the garter snake so checkered garter snakes aren't dangerous to chickens.

But some people might still have confusion about what would happen if this snake will bite the chick? it is quite difficult to say because there have not been any of this type of case known. After all, garter snakes are afraid of it. Chickens can kill the snake because chickens can kill small snakes. If in any case this snake bites chicken then maybe your chicken becomes sick because of the toxin but won't die because the toxin can kill only small prey.

are checkered garter snakes dangerous to small dogs?

if you are worried about what will happen if a checkered garter snake will bite your small dog?

The garter snake's toxin is not that powerful to kill a small dog but the effect of the toxin can cause a health problem. this snake is not dangerous to small dogs but can cause some health problems. In some cases, dogs can eat the snake which can cause vomiting and diarrhea.

Is Checkered Garter Snake Poisonous/Venomous?

The checkered garter snake (Thamnophis marcianus) is mildly venomous. Its saliva contains a toxin that works as snake venom.

This snake is known as non-venomous but has a toxin in saliva which works as venom this toxin can kill small prey but in large animals and humans it does not causes death but can show some health problems like vomiting and dizziness. it needs to “chew” on the prey, so the venom is delivered into the blood.

Note - the purpose of this post isn't to give medical or health advice. This post is just for information purposes if any case of snakebite then we will recommend you to go to the nearest veterinarian.

Reference -

1. https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/garter-snakes.196499/

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