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ARE WE PROTECTING ENDANGERED SPECIES INTO EXTINCTION? - Dāv Kaufman Vlogs

graduation I'm in an undisclosed

location and I came here to find one of

the most endangered and one of the most

protected snakes in the world the San

Francisco garter snake and he is right

over there

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good morning guys it is a beautiful day

here in Northern California I am on the

beach right on the Pacific and I'm here

for a very specific and extremely rare

reptile the California legless lizard

throughout painstaking research I have

tracked them to this habitat right here

and by painstaking research I meant that

I asked Joe he said I know exactly where

to take you for him so Joe and Randy are

already on the beach I'm going to go

join them we're going to find one of the

rarest lizards in North America the

California legless lizard this is going

to rule

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alright guys look at all these tracks in

the fan here these are all by furrowing

legless lizards they are definitely in

the area

oh boy alright guys here is what we've

come for this is one of the rarest

lizards in North America this is the

California legless lizard this is an

adult this is all the bigger they get

and I'm here right on the beach right on

the Pacific here and this whole area

used to be habitat for these guys but

over the years this area of California

has become the biggest strawberry

growing area anywhere in the world

acres and acres have been destroyed also

grow strawberries which means that the

habitat for these guys has been pushed

back to right here on the beach right on

the ocean this is the only habitat they

have left around here so the reason why

this is a lizard and not a snake is

there's three things that lizards have

that snakes don't have one is obviously

legs this guy doesn't have them one is

external ear openings that lizards have

and snakes don't this guy doesn't have

any because he burrows in the sand and

if he had external ear openings all that

sand would get into his ears and over

the course of time those ear openings

have closed to keep all the sand and

debris when it burrows out of his ears

but he does have one thing that lizards

have that snakes don't have and that's

what makes this a lizard eyelids snakes

don't have movable eyelids lizards do

and this little guy although they're

very small he does in fact have eyelids

and that's what makes him a lizard and

not a snake

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I'm in an undisclosed location and I

came here to find one of the most

endangered and one of the most protected

snakes in the world the San Francisco

garter snake and he is right over there

he's running right along the edge of

that log I'm just waiting for him to

lift his head up so I can get a shot I

don't know if it's going to be a big

shot or not

but this is incredible this is the most

endangered snake in the US and the most

protected there we go so I got to get a

shot

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alright guys that was absolutely amazing

to get those shots so a lot of you guys

might be asking how did I know the snake

was going to periscope like that well

first of all these animals are the most

endangered snakes in the country they

are very protected and you cannot touch

them and I'm going to respect that law

we actually saw three of them and the

shots that I got I just had to take in

Scituate to take through the grass I had

to not touch these animals or harass

these animals in any way and it's not to

me about getting the shot it's about

seeing these absolutely incredibly

beautiful animals in the wild so when a

snake is in the undergrowth like that

obviously you can't see what's above the

leafs and so if you make just a little

bit of noise it's a risk but they may

stick their head up over that

undergrowth and check out their

surroundings to see what's going on and

that's exactly what he did and as soon

as he did it I moved in for my shot and

it was a one-in-a-million shot that was

just amazingly awesome but again I'm

going to respect the law

I'm not going to harass these animals

just to get a shot the shots that I got

are the shots that I'm going to get and

again it's not about getting the shot

it's about the excitement and the

adventure of coming out here and seeing

these incredible animals in the wild but

here's some food for thought guys this

snake is incredibly endangered and one

of the reasons that it's endangered is

not just because of habitat loss but

it's because it's primary food source to

California red-legged frog is

disappearing at an alarming rate

pollution human interference and the

Kitteridge fungus which has affected

frog and in phibian populations from

Canada all the way down to South America

and it's going to take its toll on this

frog and when that frog does in fact

disappear or its numbers become so low

that it's not a viable food source for

the snake anymore the snake is going to

further disappear from here in the wild

but the San Francisco garter snake is

bred pretty prolific aliy in Europe and

it's a snake that is bred so common

there that not a lot of keepers want to

work with them and therefore a lot of

them are actually sold for cobra food

I've come

understand so here's the question are we

protecting the snake directly into

extinction by not allowing captive

breeding here in the United States

because when the California red legged

frog does disappear and this population

of snakes does disappear from the wild

the only place that it's going to exist

is in captive collections in Europe so

the question becomes again are we

protecting the snake directly into

extinction

so discussed below I'd like to get a

conversation going about this because I

really believe that by not allowing

selective captive breeding in captivity

this snake will disappear from the

planet so anyway guys it's a five hour

drive back to Reno I've got a 5 or 4

a.m. flight I don't even know I'll have

to look it up but it's early so we've

got to get out of here we've got a long

drive back to Reno and then a long

flight back home to Minnesota so anyway

guys what an awesome day what an awesome

day San Francisco garter snakes in the

wild not a lot of people can say they've

done this and that is just awesome so

anyway guys until the next adventure

love the planet keep your life in

balance and rattle on

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