Attention all outdoor enthusiasts and conservationists from Georgia and Florida! Have you seen a Pine Snake lately? How about a Southern Hognose Snake or Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake?
The Orianne Society is assisting with status and distribution surveys for three declining snakes: the Florida Pine Snake (Pituophis melanoleucus mugitus), Southern Hognose Snake (Heterodon simus and Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus) that are associated with Longleaf Pine ecosystems. All three were recently petitioned for federal listing under the Endangered Species Act, and any information regarding the current distribution of these species is valuable. Our efforts, focused on documenting sites in Florida and in Georgia where populations of these species are still present, are supported by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GADNR) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC).
UPDATE: As of January 2016, we have teamed up with HerpMapper to collect all observations and will no longer be using the prior observations form on our website. The advantage of using HerpMapper is that you now will be able to use a mobile app to take observations in the field. Much of the data input for HerpMapper is similar to what we had requested with the previous datasheet, and you can use the comments field to enter additional information. To submit data for Snakes of the Longleaf Pine, please enter “Snakes of the Longleaf Pine” in the comment field so that we know you are participating in this project. An important thing to note is that HerpMapper requires both voucher photos and exact locations, so please collect these data when in the field. The mobile app will automatically prompt you for this information. Information about using HerpMapper can be found at www.herpmapper.org. And please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns. Thank you!
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