How can you safely AND accurately measure the length of a venomous snake? This is how some researchers studying Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnakes do it! First, rest a snake on a soft bed of foam in a plastic holding pen, gently press down on a clear plastic window to hold the snake still for a few moments, and then trace the outline with a marker. Then, remove this window and follow the curvy outline with a measuring tape. This method seems to be less stressful to the snake than trying to tightly restrain the animal and measure in hand. Photographed by @myfrogcroaked while making a story for National Geographic about snake fungal disease, which can be watched at:
Pacific Northwest is not known for its reptile species, but there are some who
call this area home. Several different species of garter snakes (Thamnophis ssp.) can be found in the
park. Garter snakes are not venomous (not poisonous either - sorry for the mix up!) During the summer, keep an eye out for garter snakes sunning on rocks.
Back in February, I won a date night to a Reptile Zoo, for Valentine’s Day, it was such an amazing night 😁
The first picture is a very grumpy Diamondback Rattlesnake, he was absolutely beautiful, besides his obvious attitude 😏
Next is a Royal/Ball Python, such a strange pose, but he was beautiful and super chunky 😍
And last is Ireland’s largest captive snake, Pearl, the Albino Burmese Python, she is around 18 Feet long 😁 she has since been moved into a bigger enclosure with 3 Green Anacondas and a smaller Burmese python c: