Which is which?

Today we feature a guest post from our dear friend, Roger Repp, originally posted on our Facebook page. Hopefully the first of many – enjoy! Greetings honored visitors from other places, This is to be my first official posting to the ASP Facebook page. (Or any other Facebook page, for that matter). I would like […]


Tragedy or love story? A tale of two Gilas.

WARNING! Today’s post is not about snakes, but because 1) this is such an awesome story, and 2) Gilas have always been honorary snakes in my mind, I decided to include it here. Our friend Jeff Servoss works for USFWS and in his spare time, does outreach for snakes (how cool is that?). He shared […]


Have we changed the way you view snakes? Let us know!

At Social Snakes, our mission is to unravel the mystery of snakes to foster compassion and promote snake conservation. We tell stories and share videos of snakes’ true behavior in the wild, with a focus on surprising behavior that is relatively unknown and apealling (sociality, parental care). So, is it working? Maybe you loved snakes […]


Dear New York Times, please give rattlesnakes a fair shake

Recently the New York Times published an article covering the debate in Texas over the potential ban on gassing rattlesnakes. Unfortunately they did a terrible job. What follows is the long version of our letter to the editor in response to this article (what we would have written if letters weren’t limited to 150 words). […]


Just for kicks?

Ecologists study how interactions between species affect populations. Trophic (feeding) interactions are the most obvious (e.g., lions eat zebras), but competition and mutualism are also important in structuring populations residing together. Food webs consider how seemingly non-interacting populations of species may influence each other indirectly, often through the actions of other species. How individuals interact […]


Zona returns

We were only able to pay a quick visit to our favorite rattlesnake nest sites in 2013, but it was a very productive trip. As always, we were greeted by familiar faces, one in particular a delightful surprise. In most snakes, we’re missing some basic information: How long do they live? How old are they […]


Squamate sociality: surprisingly like birds and mammals

This post is a part of the Reptile and Amphibian Blogging Network’s (RAmBlN) #HerpsAdapt event in honor of Darwin Day. RAmBlN is showcasing the remarkable evolutionary abilities of reptiles and amphibians by posting 1-2 blog posts per day 12-16 February. See the full list of posts on our website and follow us on Facebook and […]


Ban rattlesnake gassing in Texas!

Each spring, festivals are held throughout Texas in which thousands of rattlesnakes are kidnapped from their dens, kept without adequate food or water, tortured, and finally killed for entertainment and profit. We have written a little about rattlesnake roundups before (here and here), and you can find out more at The Center for Biological Diversity. […]


Year of the snake (family)

As I reflected on my favorite snake moments of 2013, I realized we hadn’t shared the best story of all! We added Luna and Cat to our study at Muleshoe in 2012 for one reason – we wanted to observe maternal care in Arizona black rattlesnakes at our new site. Despite all we’ve seen, mother […]


Good neighbors make a greater impact

How viper behavior increases their effect on prey populations The sound of domestic cats fighting is probably familiar to most readers of this blog. Like most predators, cats defend their turf and the resources within. Prey is often scarce and starvation a real possibility, so it makes sense to fight for access to these resources. […]