5 responses

  1. Andrew Durso
    March 26, 2014

    Great summary of what we know about rattlesnake relocations! It certainly is a mixed bag. It’s unfortunate that more people won’t accept the ‘live with them’ option, which to my mind include the implicit prerequisites of learning to ID local snakes, choosing not to interact with venomous species, and safeguarding oneself against snakebite using a combination of situational awareness, close-toed shoes, gloves, pants, and caution. If you’re interested in more on this topic, check out: http://www.livingalongsidewildlife.com/2013/10/the-only-good-dog-is-dead-dog-why-it.html and snakesarelong.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-truth-about-snakebite.html

    • Linda Richards
      March 26, 2014

      thanks, Andrew, for letting us know about more resources.

  2. Harry Greene
    March 26, 2014

    This commentary also fails to address the potential effects of adding individuals to an existing population, which is not necessarily positive, especially if many individuals are translocated to the same site.

    • Linda Richards
      March 26, 2014

      Hayes and I didn’t discuss that but valid point as I understand their territory is important to them. Feel free to say more/ cite research etc. on this point.

  3. Erika Nowak
    April 7, 2014


    I’m clearly coming late to this party; much useful information and great web links have already been presented regarding this complex issue. Thank you all, this is great!

    FYI, my colleagues Brian Sullivan, Matt Kwiatkowski, and I have a paper in review right now that focuses on how to improve translocation of nuisance herps. Also look for a chapter on rattlesnake conservation (including translocation issues) in the forthcoming book, Rattlesnakes of Arizona (http://rattlesnakesofarizona.org/)

    Shameless plugs aside, here’re a few things to add regarding problems with translocation of nuisance rattlesnakes: Note: I’ve added a post that gives additional info from Erika Nowak.

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