UGA study leads to crazy radiograph photo for local animal hospital

Published: Jun. 12, 2019 at 5:17 PM EDT
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You may have seen this picture circulating around social media recently.

This radiograph shows a Timber Rattlesnake that ate a radio-collared Bobwhite Quail. The radiograph was taken locally at the Hammond Hills Animal Hospital in North Augusta.

The radio-collared quail was part of a study being done at the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. The graduate student's project focuses on movement and space use of Timber Rattlesnakes, Black Rat snakes, and Northern Bobwhite Quail.

While checking radio-collars on their quail, they realized one was giving off a mortality signal. When technicians arrived to the location of the collar they found the rattlesnake instead of a quail.

The snake was then brought to Dr. Jason Norman at Hammond Hills Animal Hospital. The snake was implanted with a PIT tag and radio transmitter by Dr. Norman to help aid in the study. Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division confirms the snake did pass the collar and has since been released.

You can find the original post on Facebook by Georgia DNR - Wildlife Resources Division here:

The answer: A radio-tagged timber rattlesnake made a meal of a radio-collared bobwhite quail. The bobwhite collar (the...

Posted by Wildlife Resources Division - Georgia DNR on Saturday, June 8, 2019
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