Return of the Snakes!

Saturday, June 9, 2018 10am – 4pm at Serpent Mound

Event is free with $8/vehicle parking fee. Event is under shelter and will go on rain or shine.

Shawnee Nature Center and the Arc of Appalachia invite you to join us for Return of the Snakes! – an exciting herpetology event at Serpent Mound. Many species of native snakes, turtles and lizards will be on live display, and will be featured in fun educational activities that will be ongoing throughout the day sponsored by the Friends of Serpent Mound. This is a chance to get up front and personal with these remarkable animals, and learn about the efforts being made across the state to protect them!




11:00am: Jenny Richards, Naturalist at Shawnee State Park – Caring for captive reptiles 
Jenny Richards oversees an impressive collection of snakes at Shawnee State Park. She and her trained volunteers give nature presentations to thousands of children and adults alike each year, instilling in them a deeper understanding and appreciation for herp species. Learn from Jenny how best to care for snakes in captivity, and best practices to avoid spreading disease from one to another. If you have captive herps at home, you won’t want to miss this talk!

12:00pm: Charlene Hopkins, Ecology and Evoluntionary Biology Graduate Student – Amphibian Ecology and Conservation
Did you know that there are at least 38 species of amphibians in Ohio?! We won’t have time to talk about all of them, but Charlene Hopkins will cover basic biology and ecology of various amphibian groups in Ohio, as well as discuss major amphibian conservation challenges.

1:00pm: Erin Cashion, Curator of Natural History for Ohio History Connection – It’s Not a Copperhead: Myth busting Snake Encounters in Ohio
Erin will describe snake anatomy and natural history, share statistics about snake bites in the United States, provide identification and safety tips, and explain how snakes help humans and ecosystems. Weather permitting, she’ll also have a native Gray Rat Snake and non-native Western Hognose for visitors to experience in person!