My first snake was a garter snake that I caught last summer. Before Diablo, the garter snake, I was generally anxious around snakes. I got used to Diablo and eventually came to love snakes. For a while I considered them my favorite animal, now it's a debate between snakes and scorpions. Diablo died a few months ago and I have kept more snakes since then. I currently have zero snakes. It is starting to warm up so I hope that sometime soon I can start herping again. Hopefully then I can get me another garter snake. I normally catch and release. I really miss having a garter snake. If you have any tips for me, or know any common mistakes that garter snake owners make, please tell me. I kept Diablo, who was a 2 foot long male, in a 70 gallon tank. I chose that instead of my 10 gallon since he was more active and greatly appreciated the extra room. I had him on Aspen, with several places to hide, and a water bowl large enough for him to fit his entire body into. I had a heat lamp (not sure what wattage or anything else) I fed him nightcrawlers most of the time. I would also feed him small frogs. I wouldn't have fed him stuff like this if he was CB. That's all that I can think of. My care has gotten better since then.