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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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Glue Traps are Evil

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, so we’ll let this #SnakeHero tell the story in their own words. THANK YOU @RebelHawk12 for saving this Gophersnake and preventing future suffering. And please, DON’T use glue traps — they are a cruel way to kill.

Snakes Are Misunderstood!

Snakes Are Everything #5 For Episode 5 of Snakes Are Everything, we were joined by Mike Cardwell, MS, champion of the most misunderstood snake in North America: the Mohave Rattlesnake! Everyone has questions about Mohaves and Mike has answers — plus some hot-off-the-press research news. Learn more in Mike’s new book: The Mohave Rattlesnake and …

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Snakes Are Dangerous!

Snakes Are Everything #4 For Episode 4 of Snakes Are Everything, we were joined by Harry Greene, who told us about the 75 million-year long deadly dialog between snakes and primates. Learn more about Harry’s adventures in Tracks and Shadows: Field Biology as Art Green View: Research reflections from Harry W. Greene Crossing boundaries: when …

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