Thursday, May 13, 2021

Snakes alive? We're totally fine with them -- just not at our house


News Release 13-May-2021
Arizona State University


Arizona! The sunsets. The saguaros. The snakes.

All of them are part of life in the sunny Southwest, but keeping cool when the latter is holed up in a golf bag, air compressor or swimming pool pump house is a big ask for a lot of people.

Not as big as you'd think, however.

The first study to analyze snake removals in a social-ecological context was recently published by an Arizona State University conservation biologist working with a local rattlesnake removal company.

"I think one of the surprises was that people don't hate snakes," said researcher Heather Bateman of the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts. "A lot of them responded that the snakes are important to the desert ecosystem and the snake belongs in the desert, just not in my garage."


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