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Just got home! I got Val a new hide and gave Val's old hide to Ver!

Baby Albino Checkered Garter snakes will available @bhb.reptiles soon! These babies are started on cut up worms. #bhbreptiles #brianbarczyk #snake #snakes #snakesofinstagram #gartersnake #gartersnakes #checkeredgartersnake #reptile #reptiles #reptilesofinstagram

Came upon this adventurer while walking the dog this morning. #thamnophis #gartersnake

Found this little guy earlier under a piece of wood. #gartersnake #slithery #reptiles #snakes #imasnake

This man eater was about to eat our kids so I had to buck up and put my Jack Hanna hat on. Got the heart pumping a little this morning! #gartersnake #firsttimesnakecatcher #ialmostpeed

The common garter snake is locked in an evolutionary arms race with the rough-skinned newt, a creature so toxic, the poison in a single newt can kill a dozen or more humans. Yet garter snake populations that share the rough-skinned newt’s range have evolved the ability to eat this lethal amphibian. Snakes that have developed resistance to the poison force the newts to produce more powerful toxin, which in turn prompts the snakes to develop more resistance—and the evolutionary escalation spirals onward.
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Garter snakes in some regions that scientists recently studied have gained the upper hand in the arms race. The snakes have developed such extreme resistance, the newts can’t increase their toxicity fast enough to keep up. One researcher declared that in some geographic areas “the snakes have won.” But the snakes cannot be complacent in their victory, for resistance to newt poison comes at a high price. Super-resistant snakes have slow crawl speeds; a sluggish garter snake is easily snagged by the talons of a hawk, the teeth of a fox, or the claws of a bear. If the evolutionary price of super-resistance is too high, selection pressure will favor snakes with less resistance that can slither safely away from predators.
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When the poison resistance of a snake population lessens while its escape speed increases, rough-skinned newts will slay some garter snakes that can’t tolerate the toxin—and the arms race between predatory snakes and their poisonous prey will again ramp up. There is no lasting peace in the universe, and nature never rests.

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I did it again... meet my new chequered garter snake! Name suggestions welcomed #snake #gartersnake #petsnake #cute 🐍

A lovely garter snake crossing the Lost Man Creek trail #snakes #ilikespidersandsnakes #wildlife #reptiles #gartersnake

Terrestrial Garter Snake found near Bozeman, Montana at my friends ranch. Definitely a surplus here with so much running and sitting water. #snakes #herpatology #gartersnake #montana #yellowstone

Omg. I never can't do it! Even if the garter snake is not venomous. It's swaying on Ranger's arm..
#oregonnw #exploreoregon #traveloregon #smithrock #nvstateparks #nofilter #noedit #snake #gartersnake

I found this little cutie in my garden when I was planting my habanero peppers. He came to visit twice! 😍🐍 -
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#gartersnake #socute #littlefella #babysnake #gardening #snake #gardensnake #littlefriend #reptile #creepycrawly #notpoisonous #🐍 #slither #colorado #westernslope

When there's a bunch of sticks on the ground and one of them starts moving 😬🐍 #gartersnake #snakes #scaredme #slitherysnake

I went looking around our wood pile for #mushrooms. Found this guy instead. #gartersnake

Just got home! I got Val a new hide and gave Val's old hide to Ver!

Hello friend 🐍 #gartersnake #woodlandfriends

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