The heart of ASP’s work is education using stories to illustrate cool snake behavior and busting myths and misconceptions when answering questions about snakes. Although they tend to change over the years, at any given time people have the same questions: “Are rattlesnakes rattling less?” “Are babies more dangerous than adults?” “How do you tell… Read More


A Tale of Two Trash Snakes Part 3 Read: A Tale of Two Trash Snakes Part 2 The day Carol revealed herself to us, consuming a whiptail on our doorstep, she ended up on the far side of the garage, under an old metal sheet. As night fell, I cast a dim light under her… Read More


A Tale of Two Trash Snakes Part 2 Read: A Tale of Two Trash Snakes Part 1 The bike ride was hard, and now I was hungry. I set up the solar oven outside our front entrance to preheat, and flopped onto the couch. Not 10 minutes had gone by when I returned outside with… Read More


  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?… Read More


A Tale of Two Trash Snakes Part 1 Well into our second summer, we didn’t have much hope left that we’d moved to serpent’s paradise. We had traded the city for the Gila National Forest with high hopes of snakes on our doorstep, but with each passing, snakeless day, we questioned whether our forested, northern… Read More


Sonoran Mountain Kingsnake

This year we were blessed by one of the most exciting and interesting wildlife observations in recent memory -– and it happened right outside our door! We did our best to film and photo document what we saw, and we are excited to bring the saga back to life in a series of upcoming posts.… Read More


Sonoran Mountain Kingsnake

Our negative attitude toward snakes is their biggest hurdle   “Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?” – Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark Humans often fear what they don’t understand and to most, snakes are a mystery. Snakes rely on crypsis so even when traversing through their world, we rarely see them.… Read More


Be aware of your surroundings, and there’s no need to beware of snakes. Snake season is here, but that’s no a reason to avoid the outdoors. Enjoy nature, wildlife, and stay safe with our Top Tips for a Safe Snake Season: Do not approach, handle, move, or kill snakes – most bites happen in these situations!… Read More


We got a chance to visit some old friends recently and made some new ones. Just a gorgeous female Arizona black rattlesnake enjoying a warm spring day.   Adult Arizona black rattlesnakes chilling near their den. How many do you see? (find the answer key at the bottom of this page)   Whipsnakes may have… Read More