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‘Snakes found in our backyard’


March 20, 2013

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Hub at The Port Jervis Free Library is continuing its Backyard Series of programs with Snakes Found in Our Backyard on Thursday, March 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Reptile and amphibian specialist and timber rattlesnake consultant to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Randy Stechert, will share his knowledge of the region’s snakes.

In this presentation, you will learn how to tell the harmless snakes from the poisonous natives, where each prefers to live, their biology and their food preferences. The timber rattler and the copperhead are some of the most highly evolved of all snakes. Come and see a live rattle snake.

Stechert is a herpetologist and is well known throughout the Northeast. In addition to his work with the DEC, he is a frequent lecturer at the region’s colleges and universities.

This program is free, but seating is limited. Pre-registration is required. Call 845/772-7586 or email thehub@portjervislibrary.org.