Originally posted by Samba
Linds... just a note... not all snakes are solitary, although they aren't that social either! Some rattlesnake moms and kids reunite in the same place every year to hibernate together! No one knows why... since rattlesnakes aren't seen as particularly maternal creatures, but researchers do know that it is not for mating purposes! Just thought I'd throw that in!
Actually I recall seeing a documentary on that last year on the discovery channel during snake week, as well as a small tidbit of it I think was in a Crocodile Hunter episode??? As far as I know, only red-sided garters and rattlesnakes have displayed this behaviour. Even still, these species remain solitary for the most part of their lives, when not hibernating or breeding, which doesn't take up a huge chunk of the year.