More than 1,000 endangered (and beautiful) snakes were recently discovered near the OFS
The San Francisco Garter Snakes – one of the rarest and arguably most breathtaking reptiles in the United States – were once thought to have only a thousand examples in the wild; approximately 1,300 more are now thought to exist on a 180 acre wetland parcel near SFO.
Climate change continues to exist as the greatest threat to biodiversity. The very survival capacity of our planet is wavering over how we humans, the dominant species on this space rock, decide to deal with the pressing environmental catastrophe – a catastrophe already shrinking populations of some. Flora and fauna of the bay region. In a burst of good news, however, a recent study by the US Geological Survey and the US Fish and Wildlife Service showed that the small piece of land near the San Francisco airport could hold up to 1,300 other garter snakes from San Francisco – essentially more than double their current observed population number and the greatest concentration of these limbless ectotherms found to date.
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Through KTVU, the more than a thousand hypnotic snakes reside near the private airport property west of Bayshore, located across from the airport terminal complex. The area itself is an ideal habitat for endangered reptiles, which thrive in riparian wetlands and marshes where they can hunt their prey of choice: amphibians and small invertebrates, such as slugs and some crustaceans. ‘pure water. It is no coincidence that the slice of San Francisco where the snakes were discovered is also home to a constant number of endangered california red legged frog – basic element of their diet, the two species often coexisting as markers of the health of the environments they inhabit.
“These results validate the environmental stewardship programs we have put in place to ensure that endangered species can survive and thrive in SFO (San Francisco / Oakland),” said Natalie Reeder, SFO Wildlife Biologist, in a press release.
Due to the presence of these federally protected snakes, human manipulation of the earth is strictly prohibited. But an annual goat visit for fire prevention should always take place before the end of the year.
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