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Coast Garter Snake (Thamnophis elegans terrestris), found under a log near Menlo Park, California, USA
photograph by Steve Jurvetson
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Coast Mountain Kingsnake (Lampropeltis zonata multicincta), Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, CA, USA
photograph by Dawn Ellner
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A female Hammer-jawed Jumping Spider (Zygoballus rufipes), a species of jumping spider found from Central America through Canada. First described in 1885 by George and Elizabeth Peckham, there were initially thought to be two species (Z. bettini to the north and Z. rufipes to the south), but they have since been synonymized. Adults reach 4 - 6 mm in length.
Photograph: Ryan Kaldari
(via: Wikipedia)
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Root Systems of Prairie Plants
Prairies are often called “the upside-down forest” since the majority of the biomass (the plant parts) of the system is underground (up to 70%). Compass plant and blazing star, stars of the prairie screen, noted in this line drawing of roots, reach 15 feet deep. The different morphology of the root systems works in harmony, with each plant taking advantage of a soil niche, mingling and “shaking hands” with all of the other plants in the soil, as they do above the soil.
(via: Native Prairies Association of Texas‎)
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