Snakes of the United States Project Noah Mission – December 21, 2012 Update
This week at Project Noah, I am pleased to report that the Snakes of the United States – Center for Snake Conservation (CSC) mission has had an addition of 28 new spottings, including 1 new subspecies (Pituophis catenifer deserticola) & 1 new species (Crotalus molossus molossus), bringing the total number of snake spottings to 1,209. I am also pleased to report we added 11 new members to the mission, bringing the total to 496 users.
If you are a Project Noah member and wish to help us improve the database by recruiting new members and spottings to the CSC mission, please email Lisa Powers: firstname.lastname@example.org
A special thanks to Ashley Tubbs and Shelly Cox for volunteering to help!
The Center for Snake Conservation needs your help to collect distributional data for all wild snakes in the United States. Please record all snakes including any snakes found dead on a road or elsewhere. Please include additional information about your spotting that can help us understand a bit more about the snake. As we collect spottings, we can increase our knowledge about snakes and help educate others that view our photos. Snakes are often unnecessarily feared and we can help change the human perception through our postings on Project Noah. http://www.projecthoah.org
Project Noah Snake Spotting of the Week
This beautiful Colubrid snake is primarily found throughout the US, east of the Rocky Mountains, but ranges north into Canada, and south into Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. This is a juvenile shown here in the photo, as they get older they lose the pattern and become a solid brown or black on the dorsum with a white underbelly. Many younger snakes are prone to biting as many creatures will prey upon them and they have to be feisty to survive, and racers are no exception biting often. The bites are not especially painful (except to the face) but bleed a lot as their saliva has anti-coagulent properties. Racers are diurnal and have much better eyesight than most of our North American Snakes. Racers can be quite fast and have been clocked at speeds of up to 7 mph. They feed primarily upon amphibians but have also been known to eat rodents, lizards and other snakes (including venomous ones).
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