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Santa Cruz Garter Snake, Rough-skinned Newt 4

Thamnophus atratus, Taricha granulosa.

The gartersnake held the newt motionless for over a minute, then took over three minutes to swallow it. The slow pace of the predation may be attributable to the toxicity of the newt.

Note: The caption on the photo is out of date, made before atratus was raised to species rank; should be Thamnophis atratus atratus.

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