The Phoenix Zoo welcomed 18 narrow-headed gartersnakes on July 2, 2014 – the first of their species ever born at the zoo and the result of five years of breeding attempts. The births come at a critical time: just five days later, the US Fish and Wildlife Service listed the species, native to Arizona and New Mexico, as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. The majority of the snakes will be released into the wild after six to nine months, while a few will be kept at the zoo as part of the breeding program.
Read more about these snakes and other conservation efforts on the Phoenix Zoo blog.
The new arrivals were born just in time for World Snake Day, which is celebrated on July 16th. In the spirit of the day, enjoy a selection of photos from around the AZA community.