If I successfully relocate a poisonous snake, he's just as good as
"dead" to me, as he won't harm me or anyone else after I put him in
He's as much a part of the ecosystem as I am. I walk in that ravine
all the time; I just don't want him around the kids in the yard
(although I hope something gets that pesky gopher, which, I might
add, is apparently immune to pool chemicals poured down his holes!).
Besides, killing a single snake, statistically, will have zero
effect overall on the snake population (likewise as saving that
one snake of course).
However, I'm still studying whether a relocated snake will return
to the original location, even if his relocation site is suitable
(as I believe mine is).
Here's a specific study on rattlesnake-relocation efficacy:
Their results are a bit confusing because, in one sentence they
advocate short-distance relocation (<1 mile) while they deprecate
long-distance relocation (>5 miles); yet, in another part of the
study, they state that even shorter-distance relocation (<500 yards)
may not be 100% effective, particularly for male rattlers as a
few did return (particularly to really good feeding sites).
I'll keep learning how best to relocate rattlers so that they
survive, and, yet, don't return to the house where kids play.
On Tue, 04 Jun 2013 05:47:47 -0700, Robert Macy wrote:
There is a ton of misinformation out there, and, this one appears to
be incorrect (just as the baby-rattlers-are-more-dangerous myth is).
I read the articles on relocation, where they inserted tracking devices
in adult rattlers, and most survived. I also read articles where they
tracked baby rattlers, and even more survived, than did the adults.
What the tracking articles said was that the older a rattler gets,
the more it seeks out the same type of den as it was in before. They
wander about until they find just such a den. This wandering exposes
them to dangers, so you want to minimize their wanderlust. The
experts suggest we move them to a familiar style of location, where
they can find a den sooner than if we move them to a non-familiar
style of location.
When I spoke by phone to a number of rattler relocation experts,
they all told me that a few hundred yards should be far enough
that the rattler wouldn't likely return.
In fact, one even featured "my" young rattler in his blog post!
I usually draft a long handled shovel into service. Another time a 5
gallon plastic paint bucket with about 20 pounds of rock in it. Set
the bucket on the rattler, until I could go get my shovel to lop off
its head. So far - a four foot FAT rattler, a little 3 foot rattler,
and a four foot really nasty venomous 'green' m?? rattler. By the way,
rattler venom STINKS! Actually almost put a hole in my plastic
bucket. Feel really bad about removing such great predators, but
they're territorial and stay close by and I hate the possibillity of
stepping on one at night, OUCH! and they're fast.
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