We were thrilled to receive a phone call from two young artists and snake enthusiasts from Kentucky a few months ago. They wanted to share their snake preservation art project with us: Snake preservation art project by Henry and Caleb. “The snake is made out of sticks and leaves to symbolize how snakes are a… Read More

Happy World Snake Day! Be a #SnakeHero — Share this video from our friends at Planet Experts to speak out for snakes today (and everyday)! Want to know more? Check out these posts for stories, photos, and videos of cool snake behavior discussed in the video.… Read More

Gassing rattlesnakes in Texas

Gassing rattlesnakes in Texas A proposal to ban gassing in Texas (one of the few states where it is still legal) was introduced in late 2014 and has been debated ever since. Pouring gas into the ground to collect wildlife probably seems a little crazy and hardly controversial, but rattlesnake roundups depend on this method… Read More

Timber rattlesnake by Richard Bonnett​​

Don’t Let Fear Drive Wildlife Management in Massachusetts Thanks to everyone who took action on this issue, we’ll provide updates as they become available. We have a sad, embarrassing history of persecuting animals we fear, often driving them to the brink of extinction. Timber rattlesnakes are one of many victims; they have been nearly extirpated… Read More

Gassing rattlesnakes in Texas

WARNING: the following video is graphic and violent – it shows what happens at a rattlesnake roundup. Find out more about this documentary. Each year, tens of thousands of rattlesnakes are taken from the wild to be displayed and slaughtered for entertainment and profit at rattlesnake roundups. Professional hunters, not bound by ‘bag’ or ‘take’… Read More

Gassing rattlesnakes in Texas

This article originally appeared on National Geographic Voices. Wildlife Slaughter Persists at Rattlesnake Roundups Despite Conservation Efforts Science does not support claims that roundups are required to prevent rattlesnake overpopulation. Each year, tens of thousands of rattlesnakes are taken from the wild to be displayed and slaughtered for entertainment and profit at rattlesnake roundups. Promoted… Read More

An Arizona snake in trouble

Today we present a guest post from friend and #SnakeHero, Jeff Servoss: I share a rather depressing story about one of the most ecologically unique snake species in North America, the narrow-headed gartersnake (Thamnophis rufipunctatus). I’ve spent the last three years of my career conducting secondary research on the status of this species, culminating with… Read More

Mythical Mohave Rattlesnake

Mohave Greens are notorious for being the nastiest and deadliest snakes in the West. But is the reputation of the Mohave rattlesnake (Crotalus scutulatus) deserved? Click on the myths to learn the facts about Mohave rattlesnakes. Download our Mohave Factsheet       In our thousands of encounters with Mohaves and other rattlesnakes, we’ve never… Read More

glue trap

Today we present the latest in our #SnakeHero series and commend our friend Brandon Thomas La Forest, for rescuing this baby: This newborn baby western diamondback rattlesnake was stuck, frightened, starved, and thirsty… FOR 3 DAYS before the homeowner contacted the Arizona Herpetological Association. With much care and vegetable oil, Brandon was able to free… Read More

July 16 is World Snake Day! While snakes are threatened by many of the same issues that affect all wildlife (habitat loss, climate change, and disease), negative attitudes toward snakes may be the biggest barrier to their conservation because it often impedes efforts to address other threats. So do your part by spreading positive messages… Read More