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Speaker Series: Ken McCloud “California’s Indigenous Reptiles”
March 23 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
“California’s Indigenous Reptiles”
Ken McCloud has been involved with animals his entire life and is an expert in herpetology—the study of amphibians and reptiles. His first published book was The Identification of and Safe Handling of all the Venomous Snakes of the World for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which resulted in many lectures at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Brunswick, GA., including to their medical staffs. Locally, he was hired to teach the new and veteran staff of the California Academy of Sciences about the identification and safe handling of all venomous reptiles at the recently rebuilt California Academy of Science and Steinhart Aquarium.
Focusing on reptiles that are indigenous to our area, Ken will discuss some of the everyday visible animals as well as the more elusive and secretive ones we rarely see. He will also present methods of identifying our only venomous snake, the Northern Pacific Rattlesnake, crotalus oreganus, dealing with them, and how to prevent bites & what do if bitten—Ken himself was bitten at the age of sixteen.
Ken will also bring in a variety of animals for the audience to interact with and will be available to answer any questions about our reptilian neighbors.
This Speaker Series event is free with admission to the Museum and Museum Members are always free. Join the Museum today!