New favourite shirt!
I'm so lucky to work part of the year in south Alabama where my research on fence lizards means I spend a lot of time hanging out in incredible longleaf pine forests. These forests are also an important habitat for the rare eastern indigo snake. The Alabama Natural Heritage Program teamed up with @redclaybrew to make a great beer and these awesome shirts to benefit the indigo snake conservation work going on at Auburn University! Saving snakes by drinking beer and wearing cool shirts is a big win for me. Read about this partnership here: http://www.oanow.com/news/auburn-university-s-museum-of-natural-history-and-red-clay/article_e5b5b248-f987-11e6-b4fa-f3e59b63f5cc.html
More on the Alabama Natural Heritage Program here: www.auburn.edu/cosam/aumnh
One of our eastern indigo snakes using a broken terracotta pot as shelter from the heat. We are continuously finding new props and adapting our outdoor enclosures to find what the snakes like best. It seems that surface hides are a preference as well as wire grass to curl around. Sometimes the snakes will use their heads to dig their own holes under the vegetation to escape the heat even when a cool hide is provided.
Indigos are definitely one of the coolest snakes in the US! Their extra shiny scales along with the contrasting red/orange around their head make them just beautiful! They're also little garbage disposals, eating everything that moves. From rattlesnakes to lizards to turtles and rodents. Unfortunately, habitat loss is having a huge affect for these guys and they're quickly becoming one of the rarest and most endangered snakes in the southeast.