Ok so it's been about a month since I got my baby eastern garter, he's been chowing down on lots of worms and a few fish, although he's not crazy about them. He's destroyed his vivarium so I took it apart and just made something a lot simpler. He's 8 inches now, he was 5 when I got him and has shed twice. I don't know if that type of growth spurt is normal in garters. I wouldn't mind if someone could answer that? Now I've switched him onto pinkie parts, rather easily actually only took 2 feedings, and he still eats some worms. But now that I've switched him do I still feed him every 3 days or do I do I feed him once a week like my corn snake? And my last question is even though he's only 8 inches is it ok to try to handle him and do most garter snakes calm down and get used to being held or are they just naturally high strung snakes? Thanks.