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Video of Snakes Caught in the Act in Petaluma

June 26, 2014 by Eric Simons

A few months ago a Point Blue Conservation Science staff member spotted two happy king snakes engaged in an act of passion at the edge of Shollenberger Marsh. Here's the video.

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Celebrating the year of the snake with Bay Area favorites

February 09, 2013 by Constance Taylor

Happy Chinese New Year! It's the year of the snake, so we're taking a moment to reflect on some of our Bay Area favorites.

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Western Rattlesnakes

December 30, 2010 by Rick Bacigalupi

Naturalist Michael Ellis says western rattlesnakes eat lots of rodents and they’re just plain cool! Rattlesnakes are the only snakes ...

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Letter from the Publisher

July 01, 2008 by David Loeb

No one can accuse me of being an early adopter—the kind of person who rushes to embrace new technologies. I ...

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View from the Ground

July 01, 2008 by Kathleen M. Wong

Most folks don't think much of snakes unless they trip over them. It turns out that a remarkable diversity of serpents lives nearby, from beautiful red-bellied ring-necked snakes hiding under logs in damp woodlands to three- or four-foot rattlers sunning themselves on rocky slopes in Sunol Regional Wilderness. Able predators, many of our local snakes have evolved fascinating strategies for subduing their prey, whether rodents, amphibians, or even other snakes.

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Are there any resident animal species in the region that hibernate in winter, even though we don’t usually have snow or freezing temperatures?

January 01, 2001 by Joe Eaton

That depends on what you mean by hibernation. All but one of the Bay Area’s 13 species of bats are ...

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