World Snake Day 2015

July 16 is World Snake Day! While snakes are threatened by many of the same issues that affect all wildlife (habitat loss, climate change, and disease), negative attitudes toward snakes may be the biggest barrier to their conservation because it often impedes efforts to address other threats. So do your part by spreading positive messages […]


Muir’s evolution on rattlesnakes

It upsets us to see photos and stories of people killing snakes. And it’s very easy to respond with hate. But fostering compassion for snakes means being compassionate toward people too – even (especially) when it’s hard. Many people genuinely believe they are performing a public service by killing snakes, especially venomous ones. It’s up […]


Social media matters

Although I cite social media as one of ASP’s main methods of education, I often question whether we’re just preaching to the choir. Our followers probably already like snakes, or they wouldn’t follow Snake Advocate, right? Even if that’s true, you never know what could make a difference, even save a life. Following our first […]


Snake Heroes: Rattlesnake saved from netting

Today we introduce a new series, Snake Heroes, where we’ll feature stories of people helping snakes. Tell us your #SnakeHero Story   A few weeks ago we got a frantic call from one of supporters, Cindy, who had found a mohave rattlesnake stuck in bird netting. Cindy had done what she could without putting herself […]


Social crawlies converge

This post is part of a Reptile and Amphibian Blogging Network (RAmBlN) online event called: #CrawliesConverge We are writing on convergent evolution in reptiles and amphibians. Find our event schedule here and follow us Twitter or Facebook. My favorite example of convergent evolution is that between old (e.g., lappet-faced vulture) and new (e.g., turkey vulture) […]


Tell the Times they’re wrong on rattlesnakes

Once again, the New York Times has published a story portraying rattlesnake roundups (Sweetwater specifically) as folksy, family-friendly fun. The controversy surrounding these events is brushed off as mere predictable “attention from animal rights groups,” and we expect better from a well-respected outlet like the Times.   Take Action! Send a Letter to the Editor […]


The tricky business of relocating rattlesnakes

Listen to our friend Erika Nowak discuss the problems with rattlesnake translocation, commonly viewed as the humane solution to snakes showing up places where they are not wanted.     You can read the transcript here. You might also be interested in: Are aggregations of Arizona black rattlesnakes stable and complex social groups? Our friendly […]


Snake Peeks: Lovers, Fighters, Drinking, Hunting

   New videos in our YouTube series Snake Peeks Even where snakes are common, they can be difficult to observe because they are shy and easily disturbed. Through good fortune and patience we’ve been able to record brief moments in the lives of wild snakes. These portraits of behavior may oppose what many (most?) people […]


Snake Peeks: Spring Fling and Babies

   New videos in our YouTube series Snake Peeks Even where snakes are common, they can be difficult to observe because they are shy and easily disturbed. Through good fortune and patience we’ve been able to record brief moments in the lives of wild snakes. These portraits of behavior may oppose what many (most?) people […]


2014: A look back

Thank you, Snake Heroes, for making 2014 a great year for snakes! Together we can do even more in 2015. Music: The Perfect Life (with Wayne Coyne) by Moby courtesy of mobygratis. Moby is kind enough to make much of his music available free to students and nonprofits for non-commercial use. And he is a […]