Sunday, April 30, 2006

Sliding Into Existence

I am a reptile enthusiast living in Northern New Mexico who performs snake rescues for the Wildlife Center in Arroyo Seco, which is just off U.S. 285, south of Espanola. I'll use this blog to share my experiences as I rescue snakes and go herp hunting in the abundant wilds of New Mexico and neighboring states.


At 6:09 PM, Blogger jayKayEss said...

From what do you "rescue" the snakes?

At 6:09 PM, Blogger lyan! said...

Awesome! Keep it up.

At 6:27 PM, Blogger TB said...

Wow! Those are beautiful pictures. I do a lot of hiking in the South Jersey Pine Barrens and came across what I think is a Timber Rattler. I have some pictures on my photo album:
http://www, Would you be so kind as to check to see if I correctly identified this snake?
Ted Hussey

At 7:41 PM, Blogger guruphiliac said...

From what do you "rescue" the snakes?

Usually from peoples' homes. They'll call animal control and animal control will call us. We'll identify the snake and take it to a similar habitat space and release it. Injured snakes get treated at the Wildlife Center and released or adopted if they fail to make a full recovery.

At 7:46 PM, Blogger guruphiliac said...

Would you be so kind as to check to see if I correctly identified this snake

That's an eastern hognose snake, Ted. They do a pretty good rattlesnake impression. Notice the curled up tail that attempts to emulate a rattle and the flattened head, meant to look like a pit viper's wide jaw.

At 7:32 AM, Blogger Bernard Brown said...

Jody - fun site. I do really like that smooth green snake.

Ted - I go out to the Barrens fairly often to look for herps, and though it's not a timber, that hognose is still a great find.


At 8:03 AM, Blogger guruphiliac said...

Way back when I lived in Freehold, NJ, seeing a hognose would have like been like finding a chest full of diamonds. As it was, I had to amuse myself with water snakes, garter snakes, milk snakes and the occasional black racer.

At 4:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today, I went to the beach with my children. I found a sea shell
and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said "You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear." She placed the shell to
her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it
pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is completely off
topic but I had to tell someone!


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