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Timber Rattlesnakes Help Keep Lyme Disease In Check
2013-08-06 08:23:05

University of Maryland The scientific name of the timber rattlesnake, Crotalus horridus, is a sign of the fear and loathing this native North American viper has inspired. But research by a team of University of Maryland biologists shows the timber rattlesnake indirectly benefits humankind by keeping Lyme disease in check. The team's findings, to be presented today in a talk at the annual conference of the Ecological Society of America, highlight the potential benefits of conserving all...

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2010-04-21 08:41:07

Like the canary in the coal mine, the timber rattlesnake may be telling us something about the environment we share. Cornell University researchers "“ using cutting-edge tools including fine-scale molecular genetics and microsatellite markers "“ tracked the rattlesnakes to understand how wildlife habitats are affected by even modest human encroachment. "We used this species as a model to investigate general processes underlying population-level responses to habitat fragmentation,"...

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2008-08-12 15:34:14

A Canadian graduate student is exploring why rattlesnakes in southeastern Alberta slither onto, and often die, on the asphalt blacktop of the regions roads. Adam Martinson, a University of Calgary student working on a Masters degree, has come to Dinosaur Provincial Park, listed as a United Nations World Heritage site, to further study this odd phenomenon. "Road mortality is a significant factor of influencing snake populations around the world," Martinson said. "In southern Alberta it's...

2008-08-11 18:00:00

Conservationists in Wisconsin said they're trying to restore the state's Massasauga rattlesnake population. Massasauga and timber rattlesnakes were once found in every county in the state. The population was decimated, however, by decades of hunters seeking a $5 bounty, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said Monday. Wisconsin ended the bounties in 1975, the same year the Massasauga was placed on the state's endangered and threatened species list. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources...

2008-07-14 12:00:13

By Jack Brammer, Lexington Herald-Leader, Ky. Jul. 12--FRANKFORT -- State conservation officers seized more than 125 venomous snakes, arrested 10 people and cited one other Thursday after a nearly two-year undercover investigation of those who allegedly illegally possessed, imported and trafficked the deadly reptiles. Forty-four officers with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife confiscated the snakes and other reptiles, including an alligator, in the investigation, and are...

2008-07-13 15:00:07

FRANKFORT, Ky. - State conservation officers seized more than 125 venomous snakes, arrested 10 people and cited one other Thursday after a nearly two-year undercover investigation of those who allegedly illegally possessed, imported and trafficked the deadly reptiles. Forty-four officers with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife confiscated the snakes and other reptiles, including an alligator, in the investigation, and are expected to issue more than 700 charges. Animals seized...

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2005-07-10 16:29:03

WESTPORT, N.Y. -- The ponytailed environmentalist hiked down the ridge, over the gray rocks and matted brown leaves, stopped among the hardwoods, and said, "Right down the side, it's prime country here." The warm, southeast-facing rock cliffs overlooking Lake Champlain mark the northern limit of the eastern timber rattlesnake's habitat. Jaime Ethier, in boots and jeans, was bushwhacking from Champlain Palisades down to the pebbled shores of the lake - through terrain where he wouldn't see a...

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2005-06-13 21:07:31

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- It may not matter to people who hate snakes, but researchers at Washington University have discovered that rattlers are adaptable and have some interesting habits. For example, they swim and climb trees. Some males go more than six miles a year to look for mates. One snake caught rainwater in its funnel-shaped coil and drank from its own cup. The researchers, who have tracked 28 venoumous pit vipers for six years, also found that the snakes seem to prefer habitat "edges"...


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  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
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