Merced to Create Giant Garter Snake Habitat, Snakes Hopefully Will Arrive Later

The city of Merced, California is paying nearly $400,000 to create habitat for the endangered Giant Garter Snake in a location where that species is not currently found, the Merced Sun-Star reports. The purchase and creation of the habitat is meant to offset the expansion of a wastewater treatment plant in an area identified as garter snake habitat. The company building the land bank says that the snakes will come once it’s built.