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Desert Snakes: Mystery and Intrigue

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Sunday, September 25, 2016 Desert Snakes: Mystery and Intrigue

Yucca Valley, CA – Feared and respected by many for their potential to inflict harm, snakes have long captured the fascination of humanity. William Hayes will introduce participants to a remarkable variety of venomous and non-venomous snakes that inhabit Southern California’s deserts in this all-day field class. Starting in the classroom, Dr. Hayes will discuss the many adaptations that are essential for snakes to survive in the desert ecosystem including unique morphological, physiological, behavioral, and ecological traits. Snake venom will also be discussed in detail providing answers to the following questions. What, exactly, is venom? How is it made and how is it delivered? Can venoms be beneficial? The class will explore the surrounding desert to identify reptile habitat and hopefully see some snakes!

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Joshua Tree Gateway Communities, Palm Springs & Coachella Valley, Las Vegas Area, Tucson & S. Arizona, Death Valley, Ridgecrest & Northern Mojave, Anza-Borrego, Imperial Valley, S. CA Deserts, Navajo Nation, Hopi, Southern Utah, Zuni, Inland Empire & Victor Valley, Nevada (other than Las Vegas area), SoCal Mountains & Pass Areas, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, N. AZ, West Texas, Lancaster/Palmdale/Rosamond, Eastern Sierras, Yuma & Southwestern Arizona, Needles, Lake Havasu, Laughlin & Kingman, Highway 178/Kernville/Lake Isabella, SoCal Coast - LA, OC, San Diego