With the snake inventory fieldwork all wrapped up, all Ben has to do is remove his drift fences before moving on to some new research projects. In this month’s episode of Fieldnotes, he revisits a few more highlights from the project, including a few of the most memorable snakes.
Eastern Diamond-backed Rattlesnakes are currently the focus of significant conservation concern. The species has been petitioned for federal listing under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is currently working on a Species Status Assessment to inform the listing process.
“The experience you gain and the connections you make along the way make it all worthwhile… you get to take the skills you learned during undergrad and begin to apply them in the real world. You grow into a more well-rounded field biologist who is tried and tested day in and day out.”
I have worked with many fascinating reptile and amphibian species over the years, but few experiences compare to interacting with large rattlesnakes. They are impressive and charismatic animals that have a reputation not at all deserved.