Dana continues the rattlesnake work at our Osoyoos study site, following on the previous studies by Emily and Jared. Research on the snake community at this site was started by Dr. Christine Bishop (Environment & Climate Change Canada) over 15 years ago, making it an exceptional long-term study site.
Dana’s thesis focuses on the behaviour and habitat selection of gravid (‘pregnant’) rattlesnakes, particularly during the later stages of their embryo development. She is providing information on the location and characteristics of ‘rookeries’, that may be traditional sites used by females during the all-important reproductive phase of their life histories.
Christine is co-supervisor of Dana’s thesis; The Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre (Osoyoos Indian Band) continues their awesome support of our work in this area.