I caught a garter snake in my yard on Monday. We cut down 2 evergreen bushes with a chain saw and he almost was cut in half. I have him in a tank with a under tank heater, water bowl and hide rock and would like to keep him. He has calmed considerably since the first day and ate 2 feeder minnow we put in his water bowl. I've been told by some that I am cruel to keep him, yet others insist wild caught garter snakes make wonderful pets and adapt easily. Which is correct?