Found this in the Stockton Record, Monday, August 3, 2009:

Rare garter snake reappears in S.J.

By Alex Breitler

Record Staff Writer

STOCKTON – The timid and foul-smelling giant garter snake has been spotted in San Joaquin County for the first time in 15 years.

While ordinary folks shiver, biologists shout for joy.

It’s been many years since an in-depth search has been conducted in this area, and the presence of the giant garter snake indicates that the federally threatened species is hanging on despite having lost 90 percent of its wetland habitat.

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