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"Little Guy" says,, originally uploaded by EcoSnake.

“Please help keep me and other Idaho Great Basin rattlesnakes safe! All we ask is to be left alone so we can live our lives in private and help you by consuming destructive rodents!”

Idaho Fish and Game has changed the rules pertaining to rattlesnakes.
Until last week native rattlesnakes were classified as “protected non-game wildlife,” meaning as with all other native amphibians and reptiles, among other things, they could not be killed.

Now the rule reads: ” Allow collection (read “killed” comment added by Frank) and sale of up to six rattlesnakes a year; a hunting license is required and only four snakes may be in possession at any time. ” Idaho has taken a giant leap backward. The potential harm to rattlesnakes and their ecosystems is scary, and once again, Idaho will rank in the bottom among the states for protection of wildlife.

“Little Guy” is a Great Basin (Western) rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus lutosus). Photo by Frank

Posted by Frank - July 12, 2010

2 Comments »

  1. Idaho lutosus are among my favorites. That’s a real shame that they feel the need for a take, especially when people in the area don’t often even know they’re not diamondbacks, from which trinkets already abound.

    Comment by Bryan Hughes — July 14, 2010 @ 11:12 am

  2. I just discovered your site while perusing your gray-banded king snake pictures on Flickr. Nice!

    I like all snakes, including the rattlesnakes, especially the sidewinders we have in our area. (Fascinating how they move!) It’s good to see the educational programs on rattlers you have here. I’ve had to kill them sometimes, as a job requirement when they wandered onto the property, or my sister’s ranch in Texas–she hates them. One I killed on her ranch was way out by the property fence, and when her husband asked where I got it, he said t probably would have been O.K. out there. I said, “NOW you tell me! I’d nave left it alone, had I known that!” The one’s I had to kill, though, I tried to turn into honest predatory kills. They did taste pretty good. All said and done, though, I MUCH prefer to let rattlers live. They are some of my favorite snakes.

    Is “Little Guy” your pet, or did you release him after a while?

    Comment by Rick — September 26, 2010 @ 9:21 am

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