Snake Tracks Field Update for 8-19-12

21 Aug

Both Zoe and Utsanati are in remote locations far from human habitation and activity areas.  However, if you are lucky enough to share habitat with them and you decide to take a walk to the waterfall–keep your eyes open for Zoe.  Her last location on 8-15-12 was a few hundred yards NW of the waterfall at the edge of a clearing near a trail.  I found her sheltering under a jumble of logs and limbs in an exact same location where I had founder her earlier in the summer.  This just shows that the Timber rattlesnake, like the Eastern box turtle, knows exactly where they are in their environment–and they do not need a GPS to navigate.

Take a look at a photo of Zoe before she moved to the waterfall location.  Notice the small inch-worm on her face.  Photo by Steve Atkins.

Here’s is another photo of Zoe–this time she has a spider on her head.  Photo by Steve Atkins.

Me and Zoe–can you find her?   Photo by Steve Atkins.

I found Utsanati sheltering under some thick vegetation in the middle of the power line access-way.  He was pre-molt as evidenced by his opaque eyes.  He was uncomfortable with my presence and moved off to hide under a nearby log.

Take a look at this photo of Utsanati. The opaqueness of his eyes indicate that he will be shedding soon.  The bright spot on his head is a droplet of water reflecting the flash.

For all the details of this snake hunt take a look at the video below.  This video covers three locate days: 8-10, 8-15 and 8-19.

I am not paid to do this research–this is a volunteer project that I am undertaking to learn all that I can about these amazing animals to further educate you about their beauty, uniqueness and value to a healthy forest ecosystem. If you would like to support the Snake Tracks Timber Rattlesnake wildlife conservation, research, and education project and/or Earthshine Nature Programs please feel free to donate using this link. Receipts available upon request. THANK YOU!!

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