One Cool Thing: Snakes at the Airport

Image: Ethan Sahagun via Wikimedia Commons

The San Francisco International Airport may help thousands of people travel to new and exciting destinations each day, but it’s working hard to make sure 1,300 Bay area residents stay put. On a 180-acre parcel of land across the highway from the airport, a colony of beautiful and endangered blue, orange-red, and black San Francisco garter snakes have been making a strong comeback with the help of airport administration.

The snakes, which are endemic to the Bay area, have been pushed out of their habitats and are now some of the most threatened in the world. San Francisco Airport (SFO) spokesperson Doug Yakel and on-staff wildlife biologist, Natalie Reeder, aim to change that. “Our goal has been to ensure we are regulating the water flow,” said Yakel. “It looks undeveloped, but behind the scenes, there’s a lot of work going on to preserve the vitality of that space and preserving as natural a space as we possibly can.”

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