SocialSnakes

Scenes from a new den

We were recently told about a new social rattlesnake den in the Galiuro Mountains. We hiked in to check it out, saw one western diamond-backed rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox), and decided to set up one of our timelapse cameras. The video below is from the first two days of our monitoring, and we were a little …

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Stop Roundups!

Sorry for the interuption from our regularly scheduled program, but this is important.Enjoy our blog posts?Like snakes?Then consider signing this petition to stop the unnecessary and cruel rattlesnake slaughter:Ask Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife To End Rattlesnake Roundups

A Rattlesnake Helper?

Priscilla, Lois, and Arli (Arizona Black Rattlesnakes) spent their pregnancy together at a rookery from May through August, 2010. Arli moved away to a private nest shortly before giving birth, while Priscilla and Lois stayed at the rookery. On 30 August 2010 we observed Priscilla (pregnant adult female) discouraging House (neonate / newborn) from potential …

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Ménage à trois (part 2)

(if you haven’t already, see part 1) When we left our 3 gophersnakes, Bluto had just interrupted courtship between Popeye and Olive Oyl and was biting Popeye repeatedly along his body. Popeye released his bite-grip on Olive Oyl and she fled so fast that we were unable to follow. Bluto continued biting Popeye, making him …

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Desert Dining

On a humid Sonoran Desert evening we met up with Roger Repp and Gordon Schuett at their study site along with some old friends from near and far. Wandering the washes, we find a juvenile desert rodent stumbling out of a hackberry bush into the dry stream channel. It turns at our approach and manages …

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Pretty in Pink

28 April:  Molly basks briefly before leaving the security of the den to fulfill what is on every rattlesnake’s mind: the first meal of the year. It’s been over seven months since they’ve last had a chance to eat, so they’re probably quite hungry. Molly comes out first and coils on the left. The snake …

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She’s back: Alice!

One of our favorite snakes of 2010 has been spotted at the den!  Alice was coiled next to a log a short distance away from the den the afternoon of 25 April: Alice. 25 April 2011 13:40 And later heading away to her hunting grounds for this year: Alice. 25 April 2011 16:13 Because she gave …

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Zona

*This story illustrates how we identify individual snakes and how important these aggregation sites are to the rattlesnakes. 29 May 2010. One of the first snakes marked at this site was Zona, a female less than a year old when we first encountered her. Zona was sitting on a downed log a few meters from …

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