I have never kept a snake before, and I would like to get one. There are many garter snakes in my parent's yard, and I was thinking of trying to catch one. Would this be advisable? I could also probably buy one if you think a wild snake would not do well. Is a garter snake a good beginner's snake, and if not, what would you recommend? I want something that doesn't get too big and would be less likely to bite. I was originally attracted to garter snakes because I've heard you can feed them fish, and while I'm WILLING to handle dead mice if I have to (which most people are saying are preferable to live mice. is this true?) if I can find a snake that will eat fish or worms that would be much better. Would you recommend a garter snake as a starter snake or would another type of snake be better? I was looking into corn snakes, but they are a little pricey and boas get too big. Thanks!