Gardeners who have ophidiophobia are not going to like what I am going to say next; snakes are good for your garden. I understand your fear, but garden snakes are not harmful to humans or your gardens at all. They are just docile and non-venomous snakes that help to control pests in your garden or on your lawn. Garden snakes feed on critters, insects, and other pests for you while keeping many unwanted animals away. The most common garden snakes are garter snakes, gopher snakes, and king snakes. We are going to talk in more details about what these snakes eat below.
1. Garter Snake
Garter snakes are the most common garden snakes that many gardeners are familiar with. In fact, this species is the top choice to have in the garden because they are so beneficial. Garter snakes feed on pests like grasshoppers, grubs, large insects, leeches, slugs, and other small rodents that harm your garden. With them around, you won’t have to worry that your flowers or plants will be eaten by critters or pests anymore. Garter snakes are the best garden snakes that help so much with pest control, and they are very docile. Once they clear all pests from your garden, you can feed them once every 7 to 10 days. The common food to feed garter snakes is the earthworm, fresh whole-feeder fish, frogs, or frozen-thawed rodents. Garter snakes are great pest controllers and pets, and you can easily find them in your local pet store.
2. Gopher Snake
Just like the name suggests, gopher snakes feed on gophers and other small rodents that invade your lawn or yard. So if you have problems with burrowing rodents like gophers, mice, and rats, you know what to do. Besides rodents, gopher snakes also feed on bats and other small birds. The menu of these snakes also stretches for ground squirrels, kangaroo rats, rabbits, and voles. Basically, what they eat are the pests to the gardens and yard so these snakes are beneficial to us. Gopher snakes are incredible hunters, so don’t worry if they cannot find a proper meal. It is true that their appearance and size can be intimidating, but they are a blessing for pest control. These snakes are harmless to humans and pets, and they make great snakes to have.
3. King Snake
King snakes are immune to venom, but they are non-venomous. Thanks to their special ability, these snakes can feed on venomous snakes like rattlesnakes and more. So if you have a rattlesnake problem in your garden or lawn, you should consider having one of them. Moreover, king snakes also eat birds and rodents if they can find one. If you want to have them as garden snakes, let them catch their own prey. King snakes are constrictors, and they are harmless to humans and pets. To cut things short, king snakes are good snakes to have around or in the garden. If you think they are interesting, you are welcome to get one.