:0 can a garter snake live in a 10 gallon? Someone told me that they can live in a 5, but that sounds super far fetched.
Well. Technically, I suppose it could live in either of those, but a better question is can it thrive.
A five is definitely too small for an adult garter snake. I think a ten is probably bare minimum, honestly. It can work, but it might not be the ideal. A lot of wether or not a ten gallon would work for an adult garter has to do with how the tank is set up; visual barriers, making use of the height of the tank, that sort of thing. The thin body structure of the snake helps to some degree also. But garters can be pretty lively little things, so I’d think they’d gladly make use of a larger enclosure size.
The general rule of thumb with snakes is that the total length of the snake should be equal or lesser to the length of the longest side of the enclosure. So if I have a five foot snake, my enclosure should be at least five feet long.
A lot of people are given bad information about snakes and their required enclosure sizes though. It’s really sad how almost manipulative those who sell reptiles can be, just to make the sale. And when the snake is young, it’s hard to visualize just how big it will actually get, so it’s really hard to judge adult enclosure sizes when you first get a new snake. A ten gallon would have been a mansion to a baby garter haha
An effective, easy-on-the-wallet way to upgrade would be a modified plastic bin. The average ten gallon tank costs about $15. For that price, you can buy a 106 quart tub, which ends up being a little more than twice the space (it’s about 26 gallons). Or, if you live in the US and you prefer glass tanks, craigslist is great for getting secondhand tanks for a much cheaper price than buying them from a pet store.