Collecting a blood sample from a rattlesnake

woman using a syringe to collect blood from a rattlesnake

Detailed Description

Boise State University Master’s student Kristina Parker uses a syringe to collect blood from a Great Basin rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus lutosus). The blood’s ribonucleic acid, or RNA will be analyzed to track genetic change in the snake from habitat disturbances. RNA, along with deoxyribonucleic acid – or DNA, are the molecules that carry genetic information.


Image Dimensions: 6000 x 4000

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Location Taken: ID, US


Justin L. Welty