SNAKE TRACKS

"ZOE'S TRACKS"

History: Timber Rattlesnakes (Crotalus horridus) have historically been very rare on the mountain at Earthshine. Then, in August of 2011 I discovered and adult female Timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) crossing a path several hundred yards from the lodge--and unlike with Utsanati--this snake was found in an area that is often traveled by guests of the lodge. Obviously the presence of a rattlesnake on the trail in this area could become a safety issue for guests and for the snake so I carefully captured the snake with the help of Erith (aka: Tadpole) who also works at Earthshine. Once again I consulted with my co-principle investigator Dr. Ron Davis and NCWRC Field Biologist Lori Williams and we determined that this snake would also be a great choice for a study snake so in mid September Dr. Bolt implanted a Holohil radio transmitter into the coelomic cavity of the snake in the same fashion as with Utsanati.

After surgery the snake was given a recovery period of a little over one week. She was then released at the discovery location and tracking began.

This snake was named Zoe.

Follow in Zoe's tracks by reading the blog entries and watching the videos linked below. View Zoe's last location on her tracking map in a new window by

clicking here.

ZOE'S TRACKING BLOG

As of 11/15/2011 all Tracking logs for the Snake Tracks and Turtle Tracks projects will now be posted on the Earthshine Nature Programs Blog

located here.

Tracking logs before 11/15/2011 are listed below.

Tracking Day 08. Date: November 13, 2011. Time 4pm. Activity Status: Zoe has moved ~3' E of her day 7 location. She is still in the jumble of debris under the old oak snag. She was sitting on the surface in the leaf litter approx. 12" from a 2.5" diameter hole under the root mass of a 4" DBH Mountain Laurel. Habitat--MHF. Weather--P/C, breezy, temps warmer over last few days, DSLR 4. The weather was cool and windy and I believe that the nearby hole was the entrance to her den site. She was probably out catching all the remaining warmth that she could before her long winters sleep. She never moved or even tongue flicked despite my presence only 3-4 feet away! Check out the most recent photo of Zoe's tracks below.

Tracking Day 07. Date: October 30, 2011. Time 4pm. Activity Status: Zoe has moved ~30' E of her day 6 location. She is near the jumble of blown down tree limbs below an oak snag and not visible on the surface. Habitat--MHF. Weather--Clear, calm, temps warmer over last week, DSLR 4. Check out the latest video of Zoe's tracks below.

Tracking Day 06. Date: October 24, 2011. Time 10am. Activity Status: Zoe has moved ~120' N of her day 5 location. She was in a jumble of blown down tree limbs below an oak snag and not visible on the surface. Habitat--MHF. Weather--Clear, breezy, cool--much cooler over the last few days--overnight temps in the low 20's, DSLR 4.

Check out the latest video if Zoe's tracks below.

Tracking Day 05. Date: October 13, 2011. Time 4:20pm. Activity Status: Zoe is in the same location as on day 04. Habitat--MHF. Weather--O/C, rain, calm, DSLR 0.

Check out the latest video if Zoe's tracks below.

Tracking Day 04. Date: October 10, 2011. Time 1:30pm. Activity Status: Zoe is in the same location as on day 03. Habitat--MHF. Weather--O/C, light rain, temperature and humidity not recorded, DSLR 0.

Check out the latest video if Zoe's tracks below.

Tracking Day 03. Date: October 03, 2011. Time 9:30pm. Activity Status: Zoe has moved about 80' west of her day 2 location and was not visible on the surface. She was sheltering underground somewhere inside a rotting stump at the base of a fallen tree. Habitat--MHF. Weather--P/C, slight breeze, cooler over the last couple of days--overnight temps in the high 30's days in the mid 60's, DSLR 5.

Check out the latest video if Zoe's tracks below.

Tracking Day 02. Date: September 28, 2011. Time 2:30pm. Activity Status: Zoe has moved about .25 mile from her release location! She is deep in the forest far from any trails or structures. When I found her she was on the move and upon sensing me she coiled into a defensive coil and rattled the entire time I visited her to collect data. Habitat--MHF, Weather--P/C, slight breeze, warm, DSLR 2. Below is a video of Zoe's tracks from today.

Tracking Day 01. Date: September 26, 2011. Time 5:00pm. Activity Status: Zoe was released today at her discovery location. Weather--P/C, slight breeze, warm, DSLR 0. Below is a video of Utsanati's tracks with the release of Zoe occurring near the end of the video.

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