Start Date: Nov 15, 2010
End Date: Nov 14, 2012
The scientist will work with operators of slaughterhouses, hatcheries, rendering plants, hide processing facilities and fur farms to identify by-product materials likely to serve as snake attractants. He will acquire these materials and perform processing steps necessary to stabilize the materials and make them suitable for the production of bait cubes. Since the stabilization of the experimental bait material may impact its effectiveness, multiple stabilization techniques will be explored, including freezing, various methods of dehydration, and addition of humectants or preservatives.