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Some larger males move two to three miles from their den, and over a mile a day looking for females.As she honed in on the male's radio frequency, she had her hooks at the ready.The snake, no longer feeling threatened, quit rattling at us.He flicked his tongue to pick up chemical scents to reorient himself to this former hunting spot.It was not that the snakes got lost, or that they enjoy human construction.They were simply doing their snake activities on what was once their own foraging turf.All of the snakes in the study are males that were found on private properties, whose owners contacted ENSP.The venomous snake response team rescued the snakes.
She collected data and went on her way to capture male number five to have his transmitter removed.
In one recent project that abuts parkland, a few houses were built on a favored basking area located between two dens.
The two snake populations had used this rock outcrop to warm up and help shed their skins.
It was an important area for breeding and maintaining genetic diversity. During the breeding season, July through August, they stay in the woods to look for females. It's confusing and now they're wandering around looking for a place to bask and forage.
"But last year there was movement early on," says Kris Schantz, ENSP senior biologist who heads the timber rattlesnake research. They're perhaps just as confused as the land owner, when they show up on what was once their foraging ground and now it's a house." In order to track the snakes and learn their lifestyles, biologists tuck a transmitter under a rescued rattlesnake's skin, then release him in a wild place within a couple hundreds meters from where he was found. "That is because timber rattlesnakes and copperheads den for life in one place.