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I am a 13-year-old ZooTeen at the Toledo Zoo. On one of our recent conservation projects, we searched for snakes or skinks so that we could catch them, get them banded, and set them free again. Only one snake was found (an Eastern Garter Snake) in the whole six hours that we spent working, and we didn't even get to catch it. How can we attract snakes or skinks to a certain location so that we can get them banded and monitor their progress?

Wildlife Expert - Ken Burton

The only way to attract reptiles is to provide suitable habitat for them. Usually this consists of appropriate shelters such as logs, rocks, brushpiles, etc. Many researchers put pieces of plywood out. Drift fences and pitfall traps are useful ways of catching herps but take a lot of work and have to be checked often.

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