An article has been going around showing a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake sitting high in a tree, prompting many emails and messages asking about its validity. This is normal behavior: rattlesnakes can and do climb trees, though it is not commonly observed. There is no reason to think that the series of photos was faked, staged, […]Continue reading..Yes, rattlesnakes can climb trees–this is normal.
Better late than never – rattlesnakes are giving birth, even without the rain. One of the services we offer are serial property inspections, to continuously monitor properties to evaluate possible rattlesnake activity and provide recommendations to landscapers, pest control, and property managers. We have been inspecting this particular property for many years, and this is […]Continue reading..Past due: Baby rattlesnakes are finally joining us
“Is this a snake hole?” This question is one we hear often when we arrive at a homeowner’s residence to relocate a snake or perform an inspection. From the homeowner’s perspective, they’re likely a bit befuddled and nervous, because who wants a snake taking up residence where the kids play or where the dog likes […]Continue reading..Are these snake holes?
This is a rattlesnake post in disguise. Though you’ve likely clicked through to learn all about how to get rid of a packrat nest, they’re really one in the same. Getting rid of packrat nests around your property is one of the top things you can do to immediately reduce the number of rattlesnake encounters […]Continue reading..Fastest, easiest, cheapest, and most effective way to get rid of packrats
Recent changes in ambient humidity has triggered the start of baby rattlesnake season! Across the state, mama rattlesnakes are tucked away in shaded, damp areas to give birth to babies (they do not lay eggs as is commonly believed). After spending some quality time with mom, the babies are all set to head out into […]Continue reading..How to keep baby rattlesnakes out of the yard
The rain is finally here, and with it, come the toads. Many people are surprised to learn that the hottest region of the country is home to a variety of amphibians. One of them, the Sonoran Desert Toad (or Colorado River Desert Toad if you prefer) is famous. It’s the one of “toad licking” fame […]Continue reading..Let’s Talk Toads – How to Keep Your Dog Safe
A common request from homeowners and something I see people comment about quite often is the idea of capturing, buying, or importing kingsnakes and gophersnakes to release in the yard as a means to control rattlesnakes. Kingsnakes, as you may be aware, are famous for making meals of venomous rattlesnakes. They completely harmless (even to […]Continue reading..Releasing kingsnakes to control rattlesnakes is not a good idea
A note to herpers in AZ as we enter July and begin the monsoon season. In particular: those looking for Speckled Rattlesnakes. This is definitely not aimed at any one person one group, but a common trajectory that plays out again and again. If this is you, listen up. This isn’t criticism; this is to […]Continue reading..On Herping with Speckled Rattlesnakes
Arizona’s perfect weather in the shoulder seasons makes it an ideal place to spend the winter for seasonal residents. Affectionally referred to locally as “snow birds”, each year, they come and go. With their return to roost in the fall come the flurry of rattlesnake removal calls. What do rattlesnakes do when we’re away? One […]Continue reading..What can “snow birds” do to keep rattlesnakes away?
Sometimes, but it’s not an absolute, and should not be used as a single method for identification of either species. The general rule is that Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes have a banding on the tail in a roughly 1:1 ratio of white to black, while Mojave Rattlesnakes tend to have tail banding at 2:1 white to […]Continue reading..Can you tell the difference between a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake and a Mojave Rattlesnake by the tail bands?