nonvenomous snake

You know a lot of people don’t know this but…

A new chapter in the wild began today for 26 eastern indigo snakes reared at the Zoo in the latest milestone in a conservation partnership to restore a native species to its original range. In a collaboration between Zoo Atlanta, the Central Florida Zoo’s Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation and Auburn University, the snakes were released into the Conecuh National Forest near Andalusia, Alabama, on July 14, 2017.

Previously to the beginning of a reintroduction effort, the eastern indigo snake had not been sighted in the wild in Alabama in around 50 years. The snakes are a keystone species of the longleaf pine-wiregrass and sandhills ecosystem, and their reintroduction carries significant positive ecological benefits for the national forest.

Zoos are known for their conservation work on other continents around the world, but conservation begins in our own backyards. This is a notable example of a project that continues to have a direct impact on re-establishing an iconic species in its native range.

Our Zoo has reared more than 80 eastern indigo snakes for the reintroduction program, which is a cooperation among stakeholders throughout the Southeast. Additional project partners include the Alabama Department of Natural Resources, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and The Nature Conservancy.

The newest group of reintroduced snakes had been reared here since 2015. As they had been designated for release into the wild, the young snakes received care and feeding in behind-the-scenes facilities where they had limited interactions with humans. In this environment, the snakes were able to grow to a size capable of avoiding many of the predators that feed on juvenile snakes.

Prior to their release, the snakes received passive integrated responder tags (PIT) for identification. Preliminary results from tracking efforts have shown that previous groups of reintroduced snakes are surviving, thriving, and reproducing.

To date, more than 100 eastern indigo snakes have been released into Conecuh National Forest, a majority of which have been reared at the Zoo. The goal of the project is to release 300 snakes over a 10-year period at an average of 30 snakes a year.

The largest nonvenomous snake species in North America and a native of southern Georgia, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina and Mississippi, the eastern indigo snake has declined across its historic range with the destruction of its ecosystem. This decline is also observed in Georgia’s state reptile, the gopher tortoise, which creates burrows that are often used by eastern indigo snakes and other species.

Eastern indigo snakes play an additional valuable role in their environment by keeping other snake populations in check, as they are known to eat venomous species, including copperheads. These snakes are not constrictors; instead, they overpower their prey using the crushing force of their jaws.

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anonymous asked:

Will you talk to me about rhyncophis boulengeri my favourite of favourite of favourite animals.... Please?

Rhyncophis boulengeri or the Rhinoceros ratsnake is a nonvenomous snake in the family; Colubridae. 

R. boulengeri is an arboreal species that live in subtropic rainforests within Vietnam (some can be found within southern China), typically near bodies or running water like streams or rivers.

Their most distinctive feature is their namesake, a single scaled, horn-like protrusion on the end of their snout. It is currently unknown what the function of the “horn” is 

themanfromnantucket  asked:

I just discovered that the logo for the Australian Veterinary Association is a centaur holding a caduceus. Considering the similar sentiments we had about centaur design, I thought this might be something you would want to know.

YOU’D THINK VETERINARIANS WOULD BE THE MOST QUALIFIED TO LOSE THEIR SHIT OVER THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF A HUMAN/HORSE SIX-LIMBED HYBRID MONSTROSITY ARGH

However, because you all may have thought (incorrectly) that I only know piles of useless animal facts, let me also impress you with my mountains of irrelevant Greek myth knowledge!

That stick with one snake is not actually a caduceus - the caduceus was a staff entwined with two snakes, and wings, and carried by Hermes, god of pretty much everything commerce, divine messages, thieves, general amorality, flocks of sheep, gymnasiums, etc. This monoserpented staff is actually the rod of Asclepius, the god of medicine. The two are pretty much always confused, and apparently medical historians get their jimmies all kinds of rustled over it.

As for the snake business (which is what you’re all really here for, let’s be honest) there’s actually a species of nonvenomous snake named after this cool dude - the Aesculapian snake. Not only was Asclepius’ staff bedecked with a single magical colubrid, his temples were also always full of free-roaming serpents introduced whenever a new one opened. Honestly, what’s not to like about it amirite

California mountain kingsnake (Lampropeltis zonata)

The California mountain kingsnake is a species of nonvenomous colubrid snake, which is endemic to North America. It is a coral snake mimic, having a similar pattern consisting of red, black, and yellow on its body, but the snake is completely harmless.

photo credits: Dawn Ellner

anonymous asked:

(Admin apologises!!) Australia: *Stares at Iggy and smiles, sitting in front of him with his legs crossed.* “Oi, I guess I'm the bug brother now!” *Pats Iggy's head and lies a small (nonvenomous) snake in his hair.*

Iggy: *wiggles uncomfortably and starts crying*

America: *runs in*    “DUDE!… how did you even get into my house??”

Todays Snake Is:

The Western Yellow-bellied Racer (Coluber constrictor mormon) is a nonvenomous snake found in the western United States. These diurnal snakes can be quite defensive, and are known to freely strike at any perceived threat. Despite its scientific name, this snake is not actually a constrictor and instead crushes prey with its jaws before consumption. 

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Todays Snake Is:

The Eastern Coachwhip (Masticohpis flagellum flagellum) is a nonvenomous snake found in the southwestern United States. This species is notable for having a good sense of sight and is one of the few snakes for which sight is an important tool while hunting. Its name originates from an old myth stating these snakes will attack people by whipping them with their tails. In truth, these snakes are not aggressive towards humans and will only react defensively, by hissing and striking, when threatened. 

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Found this beautiful baby in our backyard, just about to shed! (well, he’s about three feet, so not exactly a baby anymore XD) He seems to have taken up residence here, and he and his adorable tongue and his rat-eating skills are more than welcome. (Photo courtesy of my mother, who waited around outside of his home for quite a while to get this shot)

My family calls these guys Texas Racers, though for all I know that could be totally off base. Any ideas?