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Women and Snakes

February is “Women and Snakes” Month! While herpetology (the study of reptiles and amphibians, including snakes) is still largely a man’s world, there are more women in the field each year. Each day this month the Center for Snake Conservation (CSC) is highlighting a different woman working to promote snake conservation. Today they’re highlighting us …

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Arizona black rattlesnake aggregations exhibit hallmarks of sociality

This summer we presented our preliminary findings on social snake behavior at the World Congress of Herpetology in Vancouver, British Columbia. Because our presentation was so well received (we won the Herpetologists’ League Graduate Research Award!), we decided to adapt it for the blog. Enjoy! And we’d love to hear your feedback below, by email, …

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Sharing

Ever since we saw Roger Repp’s talk at the Tucson Herpetological Society, Burrow Buddies — or Not?, we’ve been fascinated by different reptile species sharing shelter sites. Multiple species often share the same overwintering site; we shared this fun example here back in April: At one of our new dens at Muleshoe Ranch, we have …

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Red

Each summer, a friend of ours is visited by a male Arizona black rattlesnake whom she calls Red. Red spends much of the active season hunting near bird baths and feeders (or, in Arizona, ‘snake feeders’), patiently coiled and awaiting an inattentive or distracted bird. Usually Red turns up in late May, but with summer …

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A tussle at the den?

I am currently reviewing all the footage from the dens this past spring and will have many things to share very soon (until then, you can see a new timelapse photo almost daily on our facebook page). Recently, I came across some rather unusual behavior: What’s unusual about this? Well, interactions among snakes at our …

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