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The Snake Count

Main Project Information
Goal Document every species of snake in the United States.
Task Find and identify snakes.
Where anywhere

The Snake Count needs citizen scientists to map and track snake distributions across North America. This is your chance to take an active role in in snake conservation.

Usual Count Dates (check website for most updated details):
Spring: May 12-20
Fall: September 15-23

The goal of the Snake Count is to document every species of snake that occurs in the United States in a single time period. The data collected during the Snake Count will be used by the Center for Snake Conservation to map the current distribution of snakes. The data collected will confirm the existence of some rare species and provide baseline data to help monitor selected populations of more common species in the future.

By participating in this project, you'll learn how to find and identify snakes, and your efforts will help scientists identify conservation concerns for snakes across North America. Everyone who participates in the Snake Count does it for the joy of being outdoors and helping promote the conservation of our most unique predators--snakes!

How to Join

Complete this form to join the Center for Snake Conservation Snake Count

You'll be able to access protocols for each type of Snake Count on the project website prior to the counting period.

Required Gear

Use the resources found on the Snake Count website to help guide your research. You may need a camera to document your snake sightings.

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity On a hike
Tags monitoring, reptiles, snakes
Project Updated 04/10/2017