Help Vermont Biologists Report Snake Sightings

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Biologists are asking the public to report snake sightings this fall to the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas to help document the extent of the state’s eleven snake species.

“Fall is an ideal time to see snakes as they move to their winter den sites,” said Jim Andrews, coordinator of the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas.

“Vermont’s snakes can be identified by their wide variety of patterns and markings, which can be quite beautiful.”

“Vermont’s snakes are generally harmless, and they play an important role in the ecosystem in addition to directly benefiting people,” said Doug Blodgett, wildlife biologist for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.

“Larger snakes eat rodents like mice or voles, which carry the ticks that spread Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses, while some of our smaller snakes eat slugs and snails,” added Blodgett.

You can report any snake sightings you see by clicking here.


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