discussion / Biologging  / 30 January 2023

Telemetry and tracking Snakes

Telemetry and Tracking  Snakes

Hi everyone , am improving a project about spacial ecology on viper snakes of Lachesis genera. We dont know wich tecnology for tracking its more efficient an secure to track if RADIO O GPS. Please i would like to know more about it.




Lars Holst Hansen
@Lars_Holst_Hansen
Aarhus University
Biologist and Research Technician working with ecosystem monitoring and research at Zackenberg Research Station in Greenland
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Hi Huascar!

I have no experience with tracking snakes.

If I was you, I would start by having a look at a goggle scholar search like this:

https://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C5&q=snakes+tracking+telemetry+GPS+vhf

Another place to ask for advice from experienced users would be to find some snake tracking researchers on 

Good luck!

Hi Huascar, how are you? there's limitations on snakes since their body form and behaviour, if you leave a VHF or GPS tag as an external fixation it will get tangled with roths and branches and it will fall, besides you have to suture and it can cause infections.

So far you only got implanted VHF transmitters, that's the most common, lonlasting and safe fixation method.

There's an alternative of using Tegaderm as a external fixation method but with ecdysis will eventually remove it.

any doubts please write me [email protected]