Northern Mexican and Narrow-Headed Gartersnake Sightings on the Verde River, Arizona
If you encounter a gartersnake near the Verde River, particularly one in or near the water in the Upper and Middle Verde, take photo if possible and upload it here as a sighting to be identified. Then answer any of the following questions (Total of 10) that are applicable to you. 1. Which species of snake did you see? 2. How long was the snake: 1-5 in, 6-10 in, 11-15 in, 15-20 in, or over 20 in? 3. What time of day did you see the snake? 4. What were the general weather conditions (ie Sunny, Cloudy, Partly Cloudy, Raining, Snowing) ? 5. What was your nearest public area or trail when you saw the snake? 6. Do you have GPS coordinates for the area? (If so, please provide the coordinates). 7. Was the snake in the water or on land? 8. If it was on land, how far away was it from the shore in your estimation? 9. How many hours had you spent near or along the river that day before you had the sighting? 10. Did you detect any invasive species in the immediate area where you found the snake (ie, Tamarisk, crayfish, bullfrogs, tree of heaven)? Sign in to join mission
Northern Mexican and narrow-headed gartersnakes are currently being considered for placement on the Endangered Species List. At this point there are few known populations of these snakes left in the wild, and traditional attempts at locating extant populations and demographics therein have proven difficult due to the secretive nature of these aquatic species. Both snake species are known to occur in areas of the Upper and Middle Verde River. These populations may be the best hope for conservation success of these snakes and research on population sizes, desired habitat, and specific range is needed. I believe that having multiple people conducting surveys every day on the Verde will produce needed information that has proven difficult to obtain. This study will evaluate how useful citizen science is in monitoring for species, as well as inform planners and policymakers about species needs, which will inform protection plans. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT THESE SNAKES SHOULD NOT BE HELD.
Lat: 34.05 Long: -111.75