Buying garter snakes is relatively easy - with such a common and widespread species found across most of the USA, both wild-caught and captive bred specimens can be sourced.
Of course there is also a chance that wild caught adult females may be gravid and so give birth some time later.
Like most species of reptile, captive-bred individuals inevitably do better containing few if any parasites, being used to food commonly available to the snake keeper from an early age.
They also adapt better to the confines of captivity than a wild caught garter snake that is more fmailiar with roaming free.
When buying garter snakes your purchase should involve two aspects - ins[ecting your potential new pet itself for good health, and questioning the seller.
However it is worth spending some time here discussing what questions would be pertanent to ask the seller.
Here are a few examples of helpful questions you may like to ask when buying garter snakes: