Comments for If Nature Could Talk http://ifnaturecouldtalk.com The Science Behind Nature - in Layperson Speak Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:43:13 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Comment on Even More on Rattlesnake Relocation by Linda Richardshttp://ifnaturecouldtalk.com/even-more-on-rattlesnake-relocation#comment-2870 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:43:13 +0000 http://ifnaturecouldtalk.com/?p=4687#comment-2870 good point, will add that to one of the posts. thx….

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Comment on Even More on Rattlesnake Relocation by Andrew Dursohttp://ifnaturecouldtalk.com/even-more-on-rattlesnake-relocation#comment-2869 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:18:39 +0000 http://ifnaturecouldtalk.com/?p=4687#comment-2869 You know, I never thought I would say it, but I’m inclined to agree with Harry that humanely killing a rattlesnake you found in your yard that you couldn’t live with (which would of course be the preferable option) is a better alternative to translocation in cases where there are likely to be negative effects on rattlesnake populations because of translocation. The risk of snakebite is probably greatest when you try to kill a snake, 2nd greatest when you translocate it, and least when you decide you can coexist with venomous snakes and become informed about them. The risk to the ecosystem is probably greatest (overall) with translocation, 2nd greatest with killing the snake, and clearly the lowest with coexistence. It would be good if someone tried to measure this.

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Comment on Even More on Rattlesnake Relocation by Bryan Hugheshttp://ifnaturecouldtalk.com/even-more-on-rattlesnake-relocation#comment-2866 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:06:03 +0000 http://ifnaturecouldtalk.com/?p=4687#comment-2866 One major aspect to relocation that is missing from any discussion is the method of release. A snake relocated poorly (over-stressed, over-heated, bad area, etc.) will die very quickly even if it’s just moved a short distance.

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Comment on Even More on Rattlesnake Relocation by Harry Greenehttp://ifnaturecouldtalk.com/even-more-on-rattlesnake-relocation#comment-2863 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:11:13 +0000 http://ifnaturecouldtalk.com/?p=4687#comment-2863 Like you I’ve long worked for coexistence with rattlesnakes and other potentially dangerous animals through research, teaching, and outreach, and as Andrew Durso responded to your earlier piece, I fervently hope to convince folks to simply accommodate these wonderful reptiles. But, as noted in our exchange on March 26th, beyond the distinct possibility some (many?) translocated snakes won’t make it, Hayes didn’t cover potentially negative effects of adding more rattlers (with potentially alien genes, novel parasites and diseases) to an existing population–populations that are likely already at carrying capacity, such that adding new ones, especially lots of new ones, reduces the survivorship of those already there. In the end this comes down to our individual values as humans faced with difficult dilemmas: do we err on the side of the individual animal right in front of us, or the overall well being of animal populations? It’s in the context of that problem that for me, translocation would not always be preferable to humanely killing some particular “problem” rattlesnake.

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Comment on Even More on Rattlesnake Relocation by Christinehttp://ifnaturecouldtalk.com/even-more-on-rattlesnake-relocation#comment-2861 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 02:39:36 +0000 http://ifnaturecouldtalk.com/?p=4687#comment-2861 Thanks for this post Linda – co-existence is such an important message, and challenging to open minds on how to do so in a way safe to both sides. The research that rattlesnakes have social and family groups is very interesting to me; wow, who knew!

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Comment on Even More on Rattlesnake Relocation by Linda Richardshttp://ifnaturecouldtalk.com/even-more-on-rattlesnake-relocation#comment-2860 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:46:38 +0000 http://ifnaturecouldtalk.com/?p=4687#comment-2860 The prior post that was based on an interview w/Dr. Hayes dealt with this issue since many people kill them without considering translocation, and since my blog involves co-existing with our wildlife, that’s the viewpoint I also take. At least it gives them a chance.

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Comment on Even More on Rattlesnake Relocation by Harry Greenehttp://ifnaturecouldtalk.com/even-more-on-rattlesnake-relocation#comment-2859 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:32:54 +0000 http://ifnaturecouldtalk.com/?p=4687#comment-2859 Sorry, should have been more careful: could someone please spell out why, bottom line, translocation is “better than killing them” (I’m assuming that in context this was meant to include farther away than Erika’s one square kilometer)?

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