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A Tale of Transformation

A few years back, a couple in our town called us about a Black-tailed Rattlesnake that had settled in beside their house. Les and Mary Ann wanted us to move her somewhere everyone would be comfortable with. This well-mannered snake presented a perfect opportunity for them to see what snakes really do: she was there …

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Snakes Are Valued!

Snakes Are Everything #9 Due to illness, we’re going to reschedule this episode of Snakes Are Everything. We hope to announce a new date and time soon! Erin Allison will explain how snakes have value in both utilitarian and empathetic ways. She will discuss her Master’s research, which aimed to improve perceptions of rattlesnakes using …

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Allie Rose Radabaugh

#SnakeHero This summer we presented a Snake Hero Award to Allie Rose for her outreach on behalf of a Dekay’s Brownsnake. When this tiny, defenseless snake showed up in her school yard, students and teachers panicked and the snake paid the ultimate (and unfortunately common) price. This snake lover turned her broken heart to action …

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Snake Uses iPhone?

When we encountered this Rock Rattlesnake a few weeks ago, we were aiming for a unique shot, but ended up with something completely unexpected and difficult to explain.

Did You Know… Some Snakes Can Change Color?

Pictured here is Glendy, a male Arizona Black Rattlesnake, at his darkest and lightest. Like many snakes, Arizona Black Rattlesnakes (Crotalus cerberus) undergo morphological color change as they age. What is illustrated here is rarer in snakes; physiological color change is probably most well-known in chameleons, but Arizona Black Rattlesnakes can do this too! What’s …

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Snakes Are Feared!

Snakes Are Everything #8 Dr. Andrew Hoffman discusses the widespread fear of snakes among the general public and the role social media is playing in amplifying these fears. He combines his personal observations from snake research and outreach, recent findings in the social sciences, and his experience in creating and growing the social media channel …

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Indiscriminate Shooting of Native Wildlife Celebrated at This Weekend’s Lake Providence Snake Rodeo

Dozens of helpful, harmless snakes will be shot this weekend at the Lake Providence Snake Rodeo in northeastern Louisiana. Advocates for Snake Preservation (ASP), a charity dedicated to changing how people view and treat snakes, and Louisiana Amphibian and Reptile Enthusiasts (L.A.R.E.), a group fostering appreciation and conservation of reptiles and amphibians in The Pelican …

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Snakes Are Survivors!

Snakes Are Everything #7 We’re kicking off Season 2 of Snakes Are Everything with Dr. Erika Nowak, who will discuss the science of snake translocation: data from rattlesnake studies, why snakes respond the way they do, how to improve outcomes for those deemed “nuisances,” and implications for other snakes, including introductions and repatriations of threatened …

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2021 The Year in Snakes

Skype a Scientist classes Field trips and snake rescues Hours watched of season one of Snakes Are Everything! In-person classroom and library presentations Online classes and workshops Peer-reviewed paper published Interactions on Facebook and Instagram Hours watched on our YouTube channel People learned about snakes by visiting our website — 38% more than last year! …

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Changing Fear to Fascination With Familiarity

This article was written by Jeff Smith & Melissa Amarello, Co-founders, ASP “In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.” Baba Dioum (1968) “How do people understand something that terrifies them?“ Whitney Barlow Robles 2021 In a …

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