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 What is the best time for. . .

Just wondering if anyone knows the best time of day to look for rattlesnakes?? I’m sure Jeff knows, but anyone else with some ideas is free to let me know. Thanks,
Will



07/24/10  12:36pm

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  Message To: TheSurfer   In reference to Message Id: 2164740


 What is the best time for. . .

it depends on the species, the area you are looking and the weather for that day. Most are fairly crepuscular and will move in the earl morning or in the evening but if it is a hotter day they tend to start moving later in the evening and vice versa. This also changes from species to species. I usually see big Eastern diamondbacks when it is a bit cooler out and Dusky Pygmies when it is blazin hot.

I bring a temp gun with me road cruising and will check the road temperature. I usually find more snakes when the roads are about 75ºF so I start the evening on the dirt roads since the pavement will be too hot and then as the night progresses and the roads cool down more, i switch over to paved roads. This has always worked for me and I have never been out road cruising without finding a snake.



07/26/10  01:36pm

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  Message To: Chris H   In reference to Message Id: 2165124


 What is the best time for. . .

Thanks Chris! That helps a lot. The species I’m looking for are the great basin, midget faded, and the western. Do you know if those would apply to the same conditions you’ve found the eastern and the dusky pygmies??

Thanks again,

Will



07/26/10  04:30pm

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  Message To: TheSurfer   In reference to Message Id: 2165150


 What is the best time for. . .

no, i dont know about those because I only herp the east coast. Sorry.



07/26/10  05:19pm

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  Message To: Chris H   In reference to Message Id: 2165157


 What is the best time for. . .

no worries, i’ll just take your suggestions with the ones you’ve found, and see if they work for the ones in my area.



07/26/10  06:00pm


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