The Sacramento Zoo is involved in a number of local conservation efforts. One area of focus is the conservation of Giant Garter Snakes. This species of garter snake is enemic to the central valley of California meaning that is only found in California. It is considered threatened in California and nationally by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The snake is very aquatic preferring habitats that have vegetation along slow moving creeks, lakes or rice fields. With the loss of wetlands, the snake is no longer found in 98% of the areas that it was previously found. The snake primarily eats frogs, tadpoles and fish. The Sacramento Zoo is working with biologists, state and federal officials to help monitor snake populations and evaluate the health of the snakes.
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