Can I keep a wild garter snake as a pet? While garter snakes are abundant in the wild, especially around bodies of water, such as lakes and streams, in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, and Central America, these wild animals should not be kept as pets, as they are illegal to take from their natural habitats in most locales.
Can you keep a garter snake by itself? They are relatively small snakes and, as long as there is an adult nearby, they are easy for children to hold. Experts recommend you shouldn’t catch a garter in the wild to keep as a pet. It could be against the law. Instead, go to a pet store or a breeder, or get one from a rescue organization.