Showing posts with label hibernation emergence. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hibernation emergence. Show all posts

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Signs of Spring


Spring is approaching the Northern Hemisphere and the media is carrying stories of reptiles emerging from hibernation CBS 8 News is covering Opp, Alabama where city officials are promoting the Rattlesnake Rodeo that is held April 1 and 2, and report the stadium will be lined with vendors and that day passes are $15. KOAV TV in Tucson is reporting that the Northwest Fire District is warning residents to be on alert for dangerous rattlesnakes and offer tips to avoid an unpleasant encounter, like: watch your step, use a flashlight at night, keep to walkways and areas clear of brush, and wear closed-toed shoes. And the Amarillo Globe-News has a blog carrying a story about Jay Weddle and his experiences with rattlesnakes, including inventing a tube that holds open the nostrils on a horse if it has been bitten by a Crotalus.

Last week Roger Repp gave me a day tour of several southern Arizona reptile hibernacula and there is no doubt spring is approaching. Despite a week of mostly 80° F+ temperatures many reptiles are still staying close to their crevices, but they are near the openings, see below.