Rob Kanter holding a small garter snake

Photo by Rob Kanter

May 23, 2019 - Environmental Almanac

A love of life—even snakes [from the archive]

Thanks to a friend who’s more observant than me, I recently discovered a new species of reptile in my own backyard, a plains garter snake. Maybe I should clarify by saying I mean the plains garter snake was “new” to me, not new to science or the wider world.



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