While most in the southeastern United States might prefer to avoid an eastern diamondback rattlesnake, some herpetologists are becoming afraid of something else: not being able to find them. The world's largest rattlesnake seems to be disappearing from its natural habitat.
The US Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced a year-long study to determine if the rattlers' numbers have declined to endangered-level status. While it is not known exactly what has caused their decline, the likely suspect is human development into their habitat. The eastern U.S. long-leaf pine forests they prefer have shrunk from pre-colonial levels of 90 million acres to now just over 3 million. We may fear these venomous snakes, but they could wind up being the ones in need of protection.
Sorry, comments are not allowed for this post.
- Art and Culture (3)
- Attitude and Behavior (9)
- Chemistry (9)
- Computer and Digital Technology (7)
- Earth Science (6)
- Education and Policy (4)
- Energy (5)
- Engineering (8)
- Environment and Sustainability (9)
- Health and Medicine (17)
- Manufacturing and Industry (7)
- Math (2)
- Museums (2)
- Physics (8)
- Space and Astronomy (16)
- Technology (18)
- Transportation (3)
- Happening Now
Seventy years ago, a historic landing changed the world.
- Coming Soon
Over 400 students bring science projects to the Museum for this weekend event.
Write the team behind the blog with your questions or comments.