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Conservation

Wildlife conservation has become an increasingly important topic as human society pushes farther and faster into its surrounding wilderness. Habitat destruction continues to accelerate, and simple extrapolation of current trends points to some troubling conclusions about the viability of the world's biological diversity. As chronically misunderstood residents of planet earth, the world's 2,600+ snake species are particularly vulnerable to these dangers. After all, there are no shortages of groups marshalling resources to protect giant pandas, elephants, or lions and tigers. Snakes, however, are often viewed as "evil" and "dangerous" (despite the fact that the vast majority of the world's snakes are of small size, non-venomous, and utterly harmless) and as a result are in danger of being forgotten as creatures that need active intervention to ensure they continue to play the important role they do in the world's ecosystems.

We try to present here a balanced overview of what conservations is, what it hopes to accomplish, a summary of some the current efforts underway to protect threatened snake species, and perhaps most importantly, provide some guidance about ways interested herpers can contribute to snake conservation today. As commercial snake breeders, we at HVH can choose to become part of the problem or part of the solution. We're actively doing our best to become part of the solution.

Snake Conservation: An Overview
An Overview of Conservation
  • What it is
  • Why it is Important
  • Conservation Biology
  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Conservation Strategies
Why Snakes are Important
  • Ecosystem Basics
  • Indicator Animals
  • “Key Stone” Species
  • Benefits to Society
  • Preserving Biodiversity
Threats to
Snakes
  • Ignorance
  • Habital Destruction
  • Exploitation
  • Climate Change
  • Invassive Species

A Model for Successful Conservation Efforts

Effective conservation requires effective planning. Here are the latest thoughts on building a successful conservation program.

Finding Common Ground:
The Constituencies Involved

Successful conservation efforts require the participation of multiple interest groups. Understanding the needs of multiple constituencies is critically important.

Active Conservation Efforts

There are several active conservation programs targeting snakes. Here are a few of them.

How You Can Help

Individuals can make a difference. Here are several ways you can make a difference today.

Habitat Management

Habitat management is an interesting avenue of exploration for future conservation efforts.

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Endangered Snakes

A guide to the world's most endangered snakes.