Garter snakes are voracious predators and this is the time of year when they are present at ponds in large numbers.
While touring our ponds with members of the SF Bay Area Chapter of the Wilderness Society, we came upon a garter snake that was in the midst of swallowing a large tiger salamander larvae. It was an impressive sight. The two-foot long snake was working hard to eat a meal that barely fit into his mouth.
The tiger salamander larvae appeared to be about four and a half inches long and had it’s gills in place.