Invasive snakes threaten to displace native snakes

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Updated: 6/27/2014 6:43 am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Scientists are worried endangered native snakes could be displaced by two types of non-native species that have become prevalent in the Sacramento area.

The Sacramento Bee reported Thursday that the common water snake is thriving in Roseville and the southern water snake has colonies in Folsom.

Jonathan Rose, a doctoral candidate in ecology at UC Davis, says common water snakes have spread across the Eastern U.S., but are rarely found west of the Rocky Mountains. Rose is author of a new study on the pervasiveness of the invasive species.

Research shows water snakes are well suited to the habitat traditionally occupied by the giant garter snake — a species once plentiful in California but now on the state's threatened species list.

The giant garters are in direct competition with the invasive snakes for food.

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LASD1096 - 6/30/2014 11:12 AM
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the rattler in the picture looks just like the one I almost stepped on in my driveway yesterday and my neighbor blew his head off. I hate those things.

Kramer - 6/27/2014 11:57 AM
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that's a rattlesnake in the photo. Native, but unrelated to the article DUH

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