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    Probably not much different than keeping a male/female adult pair together, minus breeding activity, and that size discrepancy will diminish over time. My female infernalis is massive compared to my male and they are housed together. They will try to steal food from each other so I always make sure to get them eating simultaneously with a backup morsel in case one finishes far ahead of the other to keep them occupied. You'll learn which is your faster/greedier feeder pretty quick so you can always give that one a slightly larger meal or offer it sideways to slow them down a bit. As they're very visual critters, I can even use my finger to lure the first one done away from the other without much trouble. I'm always a little surprised when my male doesn't get gobbled up during pregnancy as the female's greed for food increases tenfold. Just supervise feeding closely and I doubt you'll have any issues. I also raise newborns(Thamnophis give live birth - viviparous) in groups as I find them easier to get feeding consistently on prepared diet this way. There's definitely a competitive streak with these snakes when it comes to food. Once one hits the feeding station, everyone in the vicinity is usually close to follow.

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    Re: Cohabbing garter snakes




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    Re: Cohabbing garter snakes

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    What species is the dark one?


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    They’re gorgeous! Love the melanistic. I would give my left arm to have a leucistic garter too but I don’t think anyone works with them anymore.

    In other news, I think I’m going to wait to see if they have any garters at the reptile super show next week (doubtful but fingers crossed) and if not, I’ll just order a couple hatchlings to raise together and introduce to Draco once they’re past their fragile stage.
    2.0 BCIs, 2.0 plains garters, 1.0 ball python, 1.0 western hognose, 1.0 honduran milk, 1.0 carpet python, 1.0 corn snake, 1.0 kenyan sand boa, 1.0 pueblan milk, 1.0 mexican black king, 1.0 black milk, 1.0 checkered garter, 1.0 eastern garter

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    Re: Cohabbing garter snakes

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    I just called it a Black Garter snake but as someone just said it’s a Melanistic garter snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis).

    Sadly I had to part with them as I drastically reduced my collection size from 24 to 7

    The Black male had a great time with the three sisters , though . They seemed to enjoy playing ‘tigg’ or ‘kiss catch’ ( uk games lol)


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    Re: Cohabbing garter snakes

    Just found this old shot




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