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Rattlesnakes move in to the Wild Center

TUPPER LAKE - The Adirondacks are home to some of the friendliest, furriest creatures imaginable. The timber rattlesnake is not one of those creatures.

On Sunday, Feb. 8 at 1 p.m., the Wild Center's resident herpetologist Frank Panaro will present a program in the Flammer Theater on the timber rattlesnake, the Adirondacks' largest species of venomous snake.

Timber rattlesnakes are listed as threatened in New York and are found in limited areas. Panaro's presentation will also include information concerning venomous snakes and venom in general in addition to a snake handling demonstration and a chance for you to ask questions.

One of the Museum's timber rattlesnakes will be in attendance for a close up view on the special live camera that lets you see the snake closer than you would ever see one in the wild.

"We share the Adirondacks with some really interesting neighbors - like the timber rattlesnake," said Leah Filo, Wild Center biologist. "Getting to know more about their lives is a good way to appreciate the things that make them special. Often venomous snakes are misunderstood when in fact we benefit greatly from their presence."

The Wild Center has a large collection of live animals, some are in exhibits, and other are brought out for special animal encounters and educational programs. The timber rattlesnakes of the Adirondacks program will also be held Feb. 22, March 8 and March 22, also at 1 p.m.

The program is free for members or with paid admission. For directions and more information go to www.wildcenter.org

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