On Easter Sunday, a group of dedicated Save The Snakes volunteers cleaned up trash at the Yolo Wildlife Area, located west of Sacramento. The Yolo Wildlife Area protects critically important wetland habitat, which is home to many endangered and threatened species, including the world’s largest gartersnake… the giant gartersnake (Thamnophis gigas)! Adjacent to a busy freeway, the Yolo Wildlife Area often accumulates lots of trash. Trash is not only an eyesore, but it can be dangerous for wildlife, including snakes!
During the cleanup, our team found a juvenile California kingsnake (Lampropeltis californiae). This little snake was tested for snake fungal disease by a California Department of Fish and Wildlife representative and quickly released back into the wild!
This event was made possible by partnering with the Yolo Basin Foundation. We appreciate their efforts to protect the threatened giant gartersnake! Also, THANK YOU to the amazing volunteers who joined us (especially on a holiday!) for this important event!
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