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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...

Endangered Species Status Considered For Eastern Diamondback
2012-05-13 04:38:48

Officials with the US Fish and Wildlife Service are reportedly mulling over whether or not to grant endangered species protection to the venomous eastern diamondback rattlesnake, various media outlets have reported. According to the Associated Press (AP), the Wednesday announcement is being considered because the creature, which at eight feet is the longest rattlesnake in the world, is being targeted throughout the southeastern US because of their meat and skins. The AP notes that there...

Eastern diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus)
2011-08-25 09:46:00

  Wildlife coordinator for Alabama´s Conservation Department, Mark Sasser reports that he has seen a decline with the eastern diamondback rattlesnake and other species associated with long leaf pine forests and his department is working to re-establish suitable habitat so the species can rebound, reports the ASsociated Press (AP). Snake researcher Dr. Bruce Means and conservation groups The Center for Biological Diversity, Protect All Living Species and One More Generation,...

2010-04-20 07:35:00

GLENDALE, Calif., April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Rattlesnake season is here, and the veterinarian of the 501(c)(3) non-profit D.E.L.T.A. Rescue, the world's largest no-kill, care-for-life sanctuary, is offering critical advice on rattlesnake bite prevention -- and what to do in the event a pet tangles with a rattlesnake. "As the temperature warms and days get longer, accidental encounters with rattlesnakes increase in the Southwest," explained D.E.L.T.A. Rescue veterinarian Gaylord Brown,...

2009-03-08 01:00:00

Eric Carl Timaeus, a regular competitor at a Texas rattlesnake roundup has his own code -- he catches no females, no young snakes and only the largest males. Timaeus has won the prize for longest snake for the past nine years at the Sweetwater Jaycees Rattlesnake Roundup, The New York Times reported Friday. These days, he usually drops off his snakes when the festival gets under way and then returns at the end to collect his prize. The roundup, scheduled this year for March 12-15, has been an...

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...

2007-06-25 09:05:18

By Charles McCarthy, The Fresno Bee, Calif. Jun. 25--Frank Bigelow is no stranger to rattlesnakes. He's killed them right in his yard in the foothills near O'Neals. And they turn up regularly on his Madera County cattle ranch. His son, Matt, who also works the ranch, already has killed six rattlers this year -- "and they were in a biting position," said Bigelow, a county supervisor. With the arrival of summer heat, it's high season for rattlesnakes in Central California, and...

Latest Crotalus Reference Libraries

2007-06-25 07:04:28

The Prairie or Western rattlesnake, Crotalus viridis, is a venomous species native to the western United States, southwestern Canada, and northern Mexico. In Canada it occurs in Alberta and Saskatchewan; in the USA in eastern Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, extreme eastern Arizona, in Mexico in northern Coahuila and northwestern Chihuahua. The Western rattlesnake commonly grows to more than 39 inches long with...

2007-01-10 10:54:12

The Ridge-nosed Rattlesnake, Crotalus willardi, is a small species of venomous rattlesnake found in the southwestern United States and Mexico. It is rarely found outside habitats of high elevation. They are found primarily in wooded mountain ranges primarily in the southwest. Human encounters with these snakes are considered rare events. This is a rather small rattlesnake, with all subspecies measuring one to two feet in length. Color patterns are generally a dark-brown base with pale or...

2007-01-10 10:49:04

The Hopi Rattlesnake, Crotalus viridis nuntius, is a species of venomous rattlesnake native mainly to the desert plateau of the northeastern area of Arizona, but also ranges into northwestern New Mexico. Named for the Native American Hopi tribe, which inhabits this region, the Hopi rattlesnake is a subspecies of the Western Rattlesnake. Their range overlaps and some interbreeding is believed to occur. The Hopi rattlesnake is typically a small snake, not growing much beyond 2 feet in...

2007-01-10 10:45:27

The Mojave Rattlesnake, Crotalus scutulatus, also known as the Mojave rattler, desert diamondback, and scutulated rattlesnake, is a venomous pit viper species commonly found in the southwestern United States and central Mexico. They are primarily found in high desert or low mountain slopes. They prefer scrub brush such as mesquite and creosote, but may also reside in lowland areas of sparse vegetation, among cacti, Joshua tree forests, or grassy plains. The Mojave rattler grows to between...

2007-01-10 10:42:35

The Black-tailed Rattlesnake, Crotalus molossus, is a species of venomous rattlesnake found in the South-Western United States and Mexico. Although they are good climbers and expert swimmers, they are mostly terrestrial and can be found in grasslands, desert areas, rocky and mountainous areas and higher altitude forested habitats. This is a relatively small rattlesnake species. It averages between 30 and 40 inches long. The female tends to be larger than the male. Black-tailed Rattlesnakes...

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