How To Flip Rocks


If you’re joining in for the first time, here’s a quick rundown of the procedure.

  • On or about the second Sunday in September, find your rock or rocks and flip it/them over. 
  • Record what you find. (See below) 
  • Replace the rock as you found it. Remember that it’s someone’s home. 

How to Record Your Findings:

  • Post on your personal blog or comment on ours.
  • Load your photos to the Flickr group.
  • Post your sightings or photos on our Facebook Page.
  • If you’re on Twitter, Tweet it using the hashtag #rockflip, #IRFD, or #Rockflipping
  • Post pictures on your Instagram page using the above hashtags.

Important Safety Precautions:

A caution from Dave:

One thing I forgot to do in the initial post is to caution people about flipping rocks in poisonous snake or scorpion habitat. In that case, I’d suggest wearing gloves and/or using a pry bar — or simply finding somewhere else to do your flipping. Please do not disturb any known rattlesnake shelters if you don’t plan on replacing the rocks exactly as you found them. Timber rattlesnakes, like many other adult herps, are very site-loyal, and can die if their homes are destroyed. Also, don’t play with spiders. If you disturb an adjacent hornet nest (hey, it’s possible), run like hell. But be sure to have someone standing by to get it all on film!

About Respect and Consideration:

The animals we find under rocks are at home; they rest there, sleep there, raise their families there. Then we come along and take off the roof, so please remember to replace it carefully. Try not to squish the residents; move them aside if they’re big enough; they’ll run back as soon as their rock is back in place.