World Snake Day

"Celebrate World Snake Day July 16" written on an image of Adrian guarding one of her newborns (Arizona Black Rattlesnakes)

Celebrate World Snake Day!

July 16 is World Snake Day:

An opportunity to celebrate snakes and raise awareness about their conservation. 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.

We encourage everyone to use this day to share positive stories about snakes with their friends and families. Need some inspiration? We’ve got you covered.

Join The Den!

Make a monthly contribution to ASP for World Snake Day and empower us to be a voice for snakes that everyone can hear. We provide solutions to human-snake conflicts that sometimes end badly for people and often prove fatal for snakes by making snakes more familiar, less scary, and recommending yard and human behavior modifications to make coexistence with venomous snakes safer.

Joining The Den with a monthly gift helps you and ASP plan for the future. And you’ll be the first to receive the The Buzz, in print at your US mailing address or electronically for everyone.

World Snake Day LIVE Event

Join us for a very special edition of Snakes Are Everything on World Snake Day, Friday July 16, at 10am pacific / 1pm eastern / 5pm GMT. We’ll be joined by Dr. Harry Greene for Snakes Are Dangerous!

Need some inspiration?

Some snakes are social.

Indeed they are, as are many other reptiles and their social behavior is more like birds and mammals than many guess! We found that Arizona Black Rattlesnakes have friends and individuals they avoid within their community. For more on this topic, check out Squamate Sociality.

A group of Arizona black rattlesnakes
A social group (extended family?) of Arizona black rattlesnakes hanging around outside their den.

Rattlesnakes take care of their kids. Sometimes their friends’ kids too.

Rattlesnake babies are born alive and stay with mom a week or two until they shed their skin. Mom keeps them safe during this vulnerable time. At communal nests, pregnant rattlesnakes and visiting males may babysit the babies too. For more on this topic, check out Happy Mother’s Day.

TWA, female Arizona Black Rattlesnake, with one of her newborns, September 2019
TWA, female Arizona Black Rattlesnake, with one of her newborns, September 2019.

Rattlesnake fights are rarely lethal, but always beautiful.

Rattlesnake combat is an elaborate wrestling match, where each snake tries to topple the other. They rarely bite during combat and there is little rattling. In fact, the contest can be so tranquil that it is often mistaken for courtship between a male and female. For more on this topic, check out Lovers and Fighters.

Henry battles Four for an unseen female (Western Diamond-Backed Rattlesnakes
Henry battles Four for an unseen female (Western Diamond-Backed Rattlesnakes.
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Rattlesnake fights are rarely lethal, but always beautiful.
Rattlesnakes take care of their kids. Sometimes their friends’ kids too.
Snakes can be social.
A courting pair of rattlesnakes may stay together for weeks.