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Education Enhances Attitudes About Rattlesnakes

In a research project led by Masters student Erin Allison, we evaluated how different messaging strategies can improve attitudes about rattlesnakes. We used an online survey to evaluate the perceptions of a diverse group of 1,182 US adults before and after they watched either a relational or instrumental video about rattlesnakes. The relational video showcased […]

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2022 The Year in Snakes

Article in theNew York Timeson social reptiles! Online classes and workshops In-person displays& presentations Hotline calls & texts Snake rescues Coexisting With Pitvipers Symposium! Signatures submitted to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to End The Lake Providence Snake Rodeo Interactions on Facebook and Instagram Hours watched on our YouTube channel People learned about

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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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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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Using Social Interactions of Snakes to Achieve Conservation (podcast)

Chris Jenkins interviews ASP’s Executive Director, Melissa Amarello, on episode 14 of the Snake Talk podcast. We discussed ASP’s research on rattlesnake social behavior, how we use that information to change the public’s perception of snakes, and how we work in the advocacy arena using our work on rattlesnake roundups as an example.

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The Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundup is a Tradition That Needs to Change

This is our response to an article posted on NPR about the 2020 Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundup. If you would like to respond, feel free to use any of our text here or roundup facts from our FAQ. You can email the article’s author, contact NPR to comment on something you read, or ask NPR’s Public

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January 2019 enews

  We are overwhelmed and humbled by your generosity. In November and December you gave us $3000 to promote compassionate conservation and coexistence with snakes!   Surface coal mining is likely destroying timber rattlesnake habitat. Researchers found that areas preferred by timber rattlesnakes are also ideal for coal mining. Another reason to support wildlife-friendly solar?

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New Year, New Home

Back when Advocates for Snake Preservation was going by the name Social Snakes, we (Jeff and Melissa) were lucky enough to live on a nature preserve, surrounded by snakes. Circumstances changed, we moved back to the city (Tucson, Arizona), but never forgot how amazing it was to live with snakes. Well it took us a

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