Advocates for Snake Preservation, ASP, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the way people view and treat snakes. We officially launched on Endangered Species Day, Friday, May 16th 2014.

Listen to this three minute introduction to ASP, which originally aired on KXCI’s Weekly Green, February 16, 2015. 

Why Snakes?

Snakes are threatened by many of the same issues that affect all wildlife, including habitat loss, climate change, and disease. But negative attitudes toward snakes may be the biggest barrier to their conservation because it often impedes efforts to address other threats (read more).


Our Mission

To use science, education, and advocacy to promote compassionate conservation and coexistence with snakes.

Our Vision

A world where snakes are respected and appreciated instead of feared and hated.

Our Work

We conduct research on snakes following the guiding principles of compassionate conservation.
We dispel myths and misinformation about snakes through our blog, presentations, and publications.
We identify threats to snakes, and provide resources on how WE can address those threats.

The Advocates

Melissa Amarello, Director of Education
Jeff Smith, Director of Research

(read our bios here)
Arizona black rattlesnakes, who advocate for snakes by showing the world that snakes are beautiful, sometimes social creatures, with rich family lives about which we have much to learn.


ASP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Find out how to support our work and where your donation goes.