What is Street Creatures? This is the game I run on Twitter every Friday. I’ve
collected all the past quizzes here in one place so you can either relive them, or play
them for the first time.
How does it work? Provided are four, seemingly unrelated clues, that are all
connected by a wild organism that can be found in a city. Look at the four clues,
do some research, and when you think you’ve figured it out, click on ‘Answer’
to reveal what connects the clues, and how they are connected.
Garter Snake (Thamnophis)
The official state reptile of the state of Massachusetts is the common garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis).
Garter snakes have taken pheromone use to the extreme with males and females having their own scents. BUT some males have both pheromones tricking other males to try and mate, thus stealing their body heat in kleptothermy.
These newts and garter snakes are locked in an evolutionary arms race. The newts produce toxins, enough in one adult to kill 17 humans. West coast snakes are resistant leading newts to increase their toxicity.