Timber Rattlesnake Tracks Field Update for 4/24/13

26 Apr

Update for the Earthshine Nature Programs “Snake Tracks” Timber Rattlesnake conservation project.

Zoe is on the move and over 400 feet southeast of her den.  She is in the same brush pile that I found her in at the same time last year.  This brush pile is at the edge of the forest behind the private residence in the photo below.

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This photo was take on 4/17/2012 and today I found Zoe only a few feet to the right of the yellow arrow.  This year however, more brush has been piled on the brush pile so Zoe has better cover and I was unable to see her.

Utsanati is out of hibernation and on the move.  He has moved about 260 feet west of his hibernation location and was sheltering in a stumphole.

Following in the “tracks” of these snakes is revealing that Timber Rattlesnakes seem to follow the same general paths each year.  They use the same dens, visit the same sheltering, feeding and basking sites.  I believe that Zoe will move on in the next week or so and make her way east along the ridge just like she did last year at this time.

If you encounter a rattlesnake on your property please stay a safe distance away, take photos and let it be.  If it is in a place where it may be a danger to you or your family please contact me and I will discuss the options with you.

View the video from today below.

It is our goal at ENP to promote wildlife conservation through exciting hands-on education, out-reach programs, and online with our nature videos, blog and website.  We are not paid to operate ENP or to conduct wildlife conservation activities.  ENP is a 100% volunteer operated organization with the mission to educate you about these greatly misunderstood and amazing animals and hopefully, to impart to you their beauty, uniqueness and intrinsic value to a healthy Earth and healthy humans.

THANK YOU to all of you who have donated to ENP over the years!! Without you this important work would not happen.  You may also donate supplies such as animal foods, medical supplies, vitamins and habitat supplies. If you would like to support Earthshine Nature Programs please feel free to donate by visiting http://www.earthshinenature.com/donate

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

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