ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The northern Mexican garter snake was once thought to be extinct in New Mexico. Not so, according to biologists at the Albuquerque BioPark.
They found three of the snakes in early June near the Gila River and another three later in the month. Two of the snakes were studied, tagged and released. The remaining four were brought to the Albuquerque Zoo to establish a breeding population.
The goal is to produce offspring that can be reintroduced to protected habitat in the wild.
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