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Dr. Peterson Dr. Peterson

Forest Service Station: Non Forest Service Scientist

My favorite science experience was working on a study of where garter snakes like to hide at night. Garter snakes are interesting and live in beautiful areas. My colleagues and I were doing our study at a mountain lake in northern California. We used a variety of techniques to discover that snakes usually chose rocks of intermediate thickness to hide under at night. This allowed them to digest their prey at the best body temperature and prevented them from getting too hot or too cold.