First of the year!

Yesterday morning Jeff and I had a prolific little stroll to the old horse barns. First, we spotted a western patch-nosed snake (Salvadora hexalepis) stretched across the road. A few steps later, Jeff saw the

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Welcome to May!

For the month of May I intend to do a short blog post every day, focused on a recent experience at the Muleshoe Preserve. I’ll start with this lovely Sonoran whipsnake (Coluber bilineatus): While hanging

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Snake season is here!

Last month we told you about the western diamond-backed rattlesnake den we recently ‘discovered’ at preserve headquarters. Well, this past week has been a busy one for our rattlesnake neighbors. We have seen about a

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January rattlesnakes?

We’ll take a short break from tales of Jaydin to share a somewhat unusual snake sighting at the preserve. Last winter we had timelapse cameras on three snake dens, but never saw anyone until March.

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Rattlesnake romance

At a certain time of year, a male snake focuses his efforts on breeding. He moves long distances in search of potential mates (a video of this behavior, scent-trailing, can be seen here). However, finding

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End Rattlesnake Republic Now!

This is not a Jaydin story as we promised, but important if you care about rattlesnakes like Jaydin. I recently posted on our other blog that Animal Planet is soliciting comments about their horrible show,

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A tribute to Jaydin

In August of 2011 we visited the Muleshoe preserve for the very first time. As we drove through the entry gate, we heard the telltale buzz of a rattlesnake moving in the underbrush beside the

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Changing of the guard

Wow, it has been awhile, but I won’t bore you with the details of why we’ve been absent. What’s important is that WE’RE BACK! We (and the snakes) had a busy summer and even though

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How many snakes have you walked under?

Tracking can be made more difficult by assuming you know where the animal is going to be. This morning when we tracked Jaydin (male black-tailed rattlesnake), his signal seemed to be coming from all around.

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And so it begins…

About 6:30pm, 3 July 2012. Though we had a few tantalizing sprinkles in June, the monsoon officially arrived last night. We got about a half inch of rain at headquarters and the 4th of July

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