Thursday, July 4, 2019

Garter Snake

My guess is that this snake is a Pacific Sound Garter Snake. Erika and I found it at Saint Martin’s University on 28 June. The snake was pulling a dead Bullfrog into the undergrowth. Even with its unhinged jaws, typical of snakes, we could hardly imagine how the snake might swallow the amphibian. Here the snake has wrapped its jaws around the frog’s hind leg. Garter snakes eat amphibians, although Pacific Sound Garter Snakes, being somewhat smaller than other species, tend to specialize consuming worms and slugs (Paulson).

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