What’s All The Buzz About? Prairie Rattlesnake Movements in an Urban Landscape and Assessing Visitor Perception
A young prairie rattlesnake assumes a defensive posture at North Table Mountain Park in Jefferson County, Colorado, USA.
In partnership with Adaptation Environmental Services and Jefferson County Open Space, I used radio telemetry to study the spatial ecology, phenology, and habitat associations of prairie rattlesnakes (Crotalus viridis) in a high-use wildland park in the Front Range. We also studied human-rattlesnake interactions and visitor attitudes and beliefs about sharing the trail with rattlesnakes. A weekly blog, the Rattler-Tattler, presents additional information about this study. Links to stories that cover this project are included in the thumbnails to the right.