Biology Question #1946

garrett, a 10 year old male from scarborough asks on March 1, 2004,

Why is the common garter snake so common?

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The answer

Alton Harestad answered on March 17, 2004

Garrett, you are right. Common garter snakes are common. In Canada, they occur from British Columbia across to Nova Scotia. Some species of wildlife are restricted to special habiats or eat only a few kinds of food. These species can not make a living just anywhere, so they are uncommon. But the common garter snake is very adaptable and can live in most places except up North (it's too cold). It eats many kinds of foods. So the common garter snake can survive in a wide variety of places and we observe it as 'common'.

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