One of the most commonly-seen snakes in semi-urban areas in Arizona is also one of the most confusing. It’s brown, it’s big, it’s bad (if you ask its opinion, that is) and it’s … a Bullsnake? Gophersnake? Are those the same thing? Not really. If you live in Arizona telling the difference between a Gophersnake […]Continue reading..Bullsnake or Gophersnake – What’s the difference? If you’re in Arizona, you may be surprised.
After months of brutally hot and dry conditions, the valley was absolutely hammered with rain and wind last night. The longer a person lives in Arizona, the more they learn to love such events. This is certainly true for native Arizonans, including rattlesnakes. As humidity increases, rattlesnakes that have been hiding deep under cover have […]Continue reading..The monsoon is here. Are rattlesnakes more active?
Photo by Brandon Harmon, Rattlesnake Solutions Many people move to Arizona for our near-constant sunshine, and mild winters. These also make for perfect conditions for reptiles, which to the dismay of many homeowners, live in great numbers throughout the state. Where our neighborhoods meet the desert, an encounter with a snake every so often is […]Continue reading..Living with Snakes Basics for New Arizona Residents
No. Use your pool noodles to noodle as much as you can noodle. Though some recent news may make it seem as if rattlesnakes and pool noodles have something to do with one another, it’s really a another mix of slow-news-day meets non-issue. Here’s a link to the video of Bryan Hughes from Rattlesnake Solutions […]Continue reading..Rattlesnakes and Pool Noodles. Do you need to freak out?
Research published in Science Magazine this month shows that the buy-in rate where a community adopts social change happens at a surprisingly-low tipping point: around 25%. This is where a shift towards change at a culture-level begins, and what was previously unmentionable becomes the new normal. http://science.sciencemag.org/content/360/6393/1116.full What does this have to do with rattlesnakes? […]Continue reading..Changing the Snake Kill Culture: Do More Than Educate
This is the latest picture to be passed around social media to milk reactions from the snake-fearful. Yes, it is a real photograph, but the details you’ve read are probably way off. I first saw this photo in a local community group here in Phoenix, Arizona, where it was quickly misidentified as a Gophersnake. It […]Continue reading..Is This Picture of a Snake in a Shoe Real?
Rattlesnake peak-activity is just around the corner, and we’re all about to see a lot of reports of snake sightings on Arizona trails. Almost as common are declarations like “that’s it for hiking for me this year!”. That’s unfortunate, since seeing rattlesnakes in Arizona’s natural areas is one of the most amazing things about this […]Continue reading..Arizona Hikers’ Guide to Rattlesnake Safety
Each year, rattlesnakes emerge from Winter dens and start making an appearance. While the weather each day or week does influence what the snakes do when they are ready to come out, it doesn’t have as much of an impact as most people think. Take this year, for example. We got hot, early. February saw […]Continue reading..Spring is Here … Bring on the Rattlesnakes
It’s finally cooling off out there and rattlesnakes have mostly ended their surface activity for the year. They’ve gone to their Winter dens to wait out the cooler temperatures – but those dens can often be places close to (or in, under, or next to) home. If you live in a place where rattlesnakes do, […]Continue reading..Holiday Rattlesnake Awareness Guide for Visiting Family
A local badass named Mike Davis saw a post of a rattlesnake on his Facebook feed Tuesday morning, and sprung into action. “Looks like a hatband and a pare(sic) of boots”, commented Davis on the photograph post of a wild Blacktailed Rattlesnake. The rattlesnake was photographed by a local hiker and posted to a popular […]Continue reading..Phoenix Badass Suggests Making Hatband From Wild Snake