Monthly Archives: October 2011

Snake Count Update

The 1st Annual Center for Snake Conservation (CSC) Fall Snake Count was a huge success.  With just a short one-week participant recruiting period, we had over 200 individuals sign up to count snakes.  Unfortunately not everyone was able to record a snake during the week but that did not stop them from getting out and having fun.

 Here is a brief summary of the results:

 A total of 535 snakes were recorded during the Snake Count

  • 92 species/subspecies were recorded
  • Snakes were observed in 30 states
  • Colorado recorded the most observations with 45 individual snakes being recorded followed by Iowa (37 individuals) and Illinois (36 individuals)—way to go northern states!
  • Florida and North Carolina tied for the most species observed with 14.
  • The eastern gartersnake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis) was the most observed species with 49 individuals seen in 13 different states.
  • Some rare species were observed and photo-vouchered such as a black pine snake (Pituophis melanoleucus lodingi) and mole kingsnake (Lampropeltis calligaster rhombomaculata) in Alabama and green watersnake (Nerodia cyclopion) in Illinois.

Data are still trickling in (let me know if you need to submit some data) so these results are not final.  If you know of someone in a blank state below who counted snakes 17-23 September, 2011 please encourage them to submit their results.  In addition, we are still reviewing and analyzing the data collected and will publish a more thorough report soon.  Below you can find some graphics representing the data.