Snake Tracks Field Update for 10-28-12

30 Oct

Zoe and Utsanati were not visible on the surface today. They have have moved into their over-wintering dens. They are using the exact same sites that they used last year. It is obvious to me that both snakes know exactly where they are and exactly where they are going. This is important to know because moving a snake to a new area could adversely it’s ability to survive. Even if you move a snake with the goal of trying to help get it out of harms way, you could actually be harming the snake unintentionally. Other studies have shown that when moved, some animals can adapt but others such as the Timber rattlesnake, will search endlessly for familiar places. Relocated animals use vast am mounts of energy and do not feed or mate as often as if they were in their native habitat. They spend most of their time searching for familiar sheltering, feeding and denning sites and if they cannot find their preferred over wintering site they may not survive the winter. If you have to move a snake please do not move it very far–a few hundred yards at the most.

Take a look at the video footage from today below:

If that link does not work you can watch the video through this link

It is our goal at ENP to promote wildlife conservation through exciting hands-on education and out-reach programs. I am not paid to operate ENP or to conduct our wildlife conservation activities. ENP is a 100% volunteer operated project designed to educate you about these greatly misunderstood and amazing animals and to hopefully, impart to you their beauty, uniqueness and value to a healthy earth and healthy humans.

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Video and editing by Steve O’Neil

Music by the Steep Canyon Rangers used with permission. http://www.steepcanyon.com

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2 Responses to “Snake Tracks Field Update for 10-28-12”

  1. Fred Bahnson 10/30/2012 at 11:57 am #

    Steve, Glad to hear they are safely denned up for the winter. When did they come out last Spring? Fred

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