Hibernation vs. Brumation: Changing Seasons

Baby “yellow phase” Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) venturing a short distance from its birthing rookery. Found and photographed Oct 2018 by Mark Lotterhand.

What do snakes do when it gets cold? In locations with temperate and subtropical climates, snakes take various cues both from their environment and internally as winter approaches. There is no exact timeframe or duration, rather a group of exogenous and endogenous changes that tell snakes it is time to reduce activity and overwinter. ChangeRead More

Facebook Group Rules

The following rules apply to our facebook group, Wild Snakes : Education & Discussion.  The reason our group is so successful is because we DO enforce these rules. All of the rules are enforced with a MUTE at staff discretion. That should be taken as a warning. Repeat offenses will result in a BAN. ContactingRead More

Locality Release Online – A Level-headed Approach

Originally posted on Field Herp Forum by Jim Bass on 11/22/2011 Locality Release Online ‘A Level-headed Approach’ Given the advent and tremendous growth of online forums devoted to specific fields of biological interest, such as ‘Field Herping’, the subject of Specific Locality has generated a considerable amount of controversy, regarding the why, where, when, andRead More

Coralsnake Envenomations

When most of you think of snakebites, you think of pit viper envenomation (or possibly the alcoholic beverage, which contains equal parts cider and lager – I’d totally like that!), and I get that. Nationally, 98% of snake envenomations are from the various pit vipers (rattlesnakes, water moccasins/cottonmouths, and copperheads). That said, coralsnakes are coolRead More