Rattlesnake Report for 7/1/12

4 Jul

Rattlesnake Report for 7/1/2012.  In these special blog postings I will update you on the movements and status of the Timber Rattlesnakes Utsanati and Zoe that we are following with radio telemetry.  I have come up with a “potential danger level” scale that represents the potential danger the snakes could pose to the human inhabitants of the community due to their proximity to human habitations and activity areas.  The danger level also applies to the snakes being in danger if they are near a road or yard where they could be accidentally injured or killed or injured by man and his machines and toxic chemicals such as insecticides and herbicides.  If you live in the community where the snakes live please pay close attention to their locations and the “potential danger level” and take appropriate care in your activities to protect you and the snakes from any harm.  The scale will be as follows: Danger Level 1= No immediate danger.  The snake is in the rough.  Danger Level 5=High danger level.  The snake is very close to a residence/trail/road–walk, drive or mow carefully and please do not spray toxic chemicals in the area where the snake was last found.  If you have questions about the snake’s locations please do not hesitate to contact me.

It has been about one month since I reported on the snakes so I will recap their status since that time.

On June 09, 2012, I had to remove Utsanati–the male rattlesnake–from a woodpile where he was sheltering because the woodpile was going to be demolished.  After he was taken into captivity I decided to have him x-rayed to check the status of his transmitters antenna.  I did this because the strength of his transmitter’s signal had been dropping over the last few weeks reducing the range in which I could track him so I was afraid that I might loos track of him if the battery was getting low or the antenna was having a problem.  The xray showed that the antenna had come loose from its forward attachment point and had and retracted backward causing a loss of signal.  This will have to be repaired in a minor surgery before Utsanati can be released back into his habitat.   I will be sure to post a video of the surgery here for you to view as soon as it is complete and Utsanati is back in the wild.  In the meantime I have Utsanati in captivity where he has eaten two mice and one small rabbit that was killed by a pet cat.  Utsanati’s danger level is a 0.

Zoe, the female rattlesnake is still in the vicinity of the waterfall and deep in the forest and she seems to be slowly making her way back up along the ridgeline.   She is close to an area that seems to be rarely  used as a walking trail so her danger level is a 1.

Watch the video below for Utsanati’s capture from the woodpile and x-ray procedure and Zoe’s previous two locations.


One Response to “Rattlesnake Report for 7/1/12”

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