Even More on Rattlesnake Relocation

Even More on Rattlesnake Relocation

Dr. Erika Nowak from Northern Arizona University commented on my last rattlesnake blog on relocating rattlesnakes, and provided the following info – so I thought I would provide it as a separate blog.

In a nutshell, if you must relocate rattlesnakes (which is preferable to the alternative of killing them) – relocating them close to their original range improves their survival chances. [Read more…]

More on Relocating Rattlesnakes – including a research bibliography

More on Relocating Rattlesnakes – including a research bibliography

Here’s a more recent post on rattlesnake research by Dr. Erika Novak.

A reader and nature appreciator, Gary MacGrumbley from New Mexico, responded to my earlier article Rattlesnakes! Relocating them works just fine, saying there was not enough evidence to say that relocating rattlesnakes worked. I checked in with rattlesnake expert Dr. William Hayes who I had interviewed and he provided the update below, along with a complete bibliography on the subject.

Dr. Hayes said the following:

“As I stated and Linda wrote, snakes do travel more the first year after release and suffer higher mortality, but many do survive and settle down in time.” [Read more…]