Before we begin, let's review a few things:
What should you do if you encounter a rattlesnake on a trail?
What should you do if you are bitten by a rattlesnake?
How should you protect your dog?
Now, we can move on...
What have we done so far this year?
Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS) is working to formalize more recreation opportunities on South Table Mountain. To assist JCOS, Adaptation will be surveying proposed trail routes and parking areas to better understand how rattlesnakes might also be using these areas. We also want to know how rattlesnakes use the mountain during active months and where they spend the winter. To facilitate this, we will collect and surgically implant transmitters in 25 snakes.
So far, we have collected 13 rattlesnakes and Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald, with Alameda East Veterinary Hospital, has surgically implanted radio transmitters into them. We will continue to collect rattlesnakes until we reach our goal of 25 and we have started tracking the first 13.
Above is a map of the first 13 rattlesnakes we found on South Table Mountain.
Above is Prairie rattlesnake #3 overlooking the city of Golden.
If it wasn’t for our awesome volunteers we would not have found so many in such a short time!
One of our volunteers searching for prairie rattlesnakes and enjoying a fantastic view!
Many of the rattlesnakes we have found have had a nice meal in their belly.
Chris, one of our volunteers, with a Central Plains milksnake that was found crossing the trail.
Here is Ryan with a large bullsnake that one of our wonderful volunteers found.
#9 was on the move one evening. We tracked him into the nice evening glow of the sun.
We will keep you updated as the season continues. If you happen to see us while we are on the mountain, stop by and say, “Hi.” We are always happy to talk with park visitors. Until next time, keep one earbud out, keep your dog on a leash, and enjoy the beauty of South Table Mountain.
Adaptation Environmental Team: Bryon, Joe, Kelly, Norma and Ryan