San Francisco Garter Snakes Return to SF Zoo

SAN FRANCISCO — Ten San Francisco Garter Snakes make their debut at the San Francisco Zoo today. Ironically, the captive-bred snakes were imported from the Netherlands; while listed as endangered in the U.S., the subspecies is frequently bred in Europe. The last San Francisco Garter Snake in a North American zoo died, at the San Francisco Zoo, in 2003; these snakes will be split between the San Francisco and San Diego zoos, and will be bred to replenish zoo stock. Update: See also the San Jose Mercury News’s coverage.