The Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundup is a Tradition That Needs to Change

“Rattlesnake Roundup: A Texas Community Tradition,” details how the Sweetwater Jaycees ignored public health concerns, putting their community at risk by holding their rattlesnake roundup as usual. Rattlesnake roundups are the worst example of what happens when fear and hatred drive wildlife management. There is no reason to believe that the numbers of rattlesnakes in …

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Need good news? Here you go!

Good News for Snakes! Yes, really. The Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundup happened, but attendance was WAAAY down this year (reported in the hundreds, rather than tens of thousands). That same weekend the Claxton Rattlesnake and Wildlife Festival was a success. At least seven roundups have cancelled this year’s events! And it seems likely more will do so as …

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Daryl Finds Carol!

A Tale of Two Trash Snakes Part 6 Read: A Tale of Two Trash Snakes Part 5 After a late night of surveilling wild snakes, I get outside mid-morning on the off-chance I can find one of our subjects sunning in the damp vegetation. With all the difficulty we’ve had in keeping up with them …

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Daryl Plays Catch-up

A Tale of Two Trash Snakes Part 5 Read: A Tale of Two Trash Snakes Part 4 What would a downpour do to Carol’s scent trail? It’s already been a couple of days since she passed over the ground here – did Daryl miss his chance at love, at least for now? The ground is …

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Welcome to the Snake House

Here’s the final installment in our series of five inspiring stories to celebrate ASP’s fifth birthday (read them all here): 40 Rattlesnakes Discovered in Couple’s Shed! Usually headlines like that are followed by a story detailing how miraculously no one was hurt before the snakes were inevitably removed or killed. This is not that story. …

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Old Friends

To celebrate ASP’s fifth birthday, we’re sharing five inspiring stories with you — a new one each week through the end of 2019. Read them all here. Late this summer we visited one of our study sites after a near two-year absence. It was nesting season and though we saw fewer snakes than in years …

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Keeping Wildlife Management Science-Based

To celebrate ASP’s fifth birthday, we’re sharing five inspiring stories with you — a new one each week through the end of 2019. Read them all here. Snakes are threatened by the same issues that affect all wildlife (e.g., climate chaos, habitat loss), but negative attitudes may be the biggest barrier to their conservation because …

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Face to Face for Snakes

To celebrate ASP’s fifth birthday, we’re sharing five inspiring stories with you — a new one each week through the end of 2019. Read them all here. This past summer at the farmers’ market, a little boy ran up and hugged me. At first I thought it was a case of mistaken identity, but then …

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Stopping Snake Slaughter at Rattlesnake Roundups

To celebrate ASP’s fifth birthday, we’re sharing five inspiring stories with you — a new one each week through the end of the year. You’ve probably heard that Facebook is matching $7 million in donations today for Giving Tuesday. While we don’t expect to get that match (it goes fast to the biggest organizations), we …

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Daryl Prowls

A Tale of Two Trash Snakes Part 4 Read: A Tale of Two Trash Snakes Part 3 The day Carol showed up, we checked under the truck bed liner to find Daryl still coiled in a hunting posture under its downhill edge. “There are two lepidus in the yard…” we would say to one another …

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