Snake of Al­berta high­lighted at Speaker Se­ries

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The April 6 ses­sion of the 2017 Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum’s Speaker Se­ries is a pre­sen­ta­tion by Jeff Zim­mer, from the District Fish and Wildlife En­force­ment Branch, en­ti­tled “Snakes of Al­berta.”

Al­berta is home to six na­tive species of snakes. They in­clude the venomous prairie rat­tlesnake, the bull snake (that can grow up to two me­tres long), and the west­ern hog-nosed snake that rolls over and plays dead when fright­ened. Snakes are feared and mis­un­der­stood by most of the hu- man pop­u­la­tion and this can lead to their per­se­cu­tion and de­struc­tion. All of Al­berta’s snakes are pro­tected by pro­vin­cial law, but this still does not stop some peo­ple from in­ten­tion­ally killing them, turn­ing them into pets, or sell­ing live ones.

Of­fi­cer Zim­mer spent sev­eral years work­ing in snake coun­try in the south­east cor­ner of the prov­ince both pro­tect­ing snakes and deal­ing with snake is­sues. In his pre­sen­ta­tion, he will talk about iden­ti­fy­ing na­tive snakes, how to pre­vent en­coun­ters, and pro­tect na­tive snake habi­tat. He will also pro­vide tips on what to do if you’re bit­ten by a snake.

The Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum’s Speaker Se­ries talks are free and open to the pub­lic. They are held ev­ery Thurs­day un­til April 27 at 11:00 a.m. in the Mu­seum au­di­to­rium. Past Speaker Se­ries talks are also avail­able on the Mu­seum’s YouTube chan­nel: youtube.com/user/Roy­alTyrrel­lMu­seum

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