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IDAHO STUDY FOCUSES ON GREAT BASIN SNAKE

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What happens to rattlesnakes at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory during the winter?

That is an answer Idaho State University professor Charles Peterson hopes to find out.The snake and fish curator at the Idaho Museum of Natural History in Pocatello is studying the life of Great Basin rattlesnakes on the site.

"Our research is aimed at finding out how varying temperatures affect a snake's biology, such as activity patterns, habitat selection and growth rate," Peterson said.

The INEL is an ideal place because no unauthorized visitors are allowed on the federal land, so no one disturbs his monitors.

Little is known about the Great Basin rattlesnakes because they live mostly underground.