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Venomous Reptile Awareness and Safety Training

Aug 3, 2024 - Aug 3, 2024

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Venomous Reptile Awareness and Safety Training


Learn about safety in rattlesnake country! This class will review venomous reptile identification, ecology, and behavior, appropriate responses when venomous reptiles are found in places where they are not welcomed by humans, and how to prevent venomous snakebites. A lecture will be followed by hands-on demonstration and class participation in supervised handling of non-venomous and venomous snakes, using snake-safe tongs and snake-proof holding containers. This training will be valuable for snake fans, state and federal agency wildlife managers, law enforcement, and interpretive rangers, field biologists, fire department staff, and anyone else who may be called on to remove a venomous reptile from a dangerous situation. This course is not for credit.


Course Modality: This course is offered in person at the Merriam-Powell Research Center.


This course does not require the use of Canvas or any online resources; all material will be delivered in person. 


Location: Merriam-Powell Research Center


Course Instructor: Erika Nowak


Course Dates: Saturday, August 3


Course Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., AZ Time


Cost: $249


Registration Deadline: August 2


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Dr. Erika Nowak is an Assistant Research Professor in the School of Earth and Sustainability and the Department of Biological Sciences and a core member of the Center for Adaptable Western Landscapes. She has been conducting research supporting snake management and conservation for 30 years, and her work has been featured in a variety of local, national, and international media, including a profile in the book American Snakes.



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