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Snakes, Lizards and Gators on the Agenda at Carolina Beach State Park Workshop

Apr 4

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4/4/2012 8:00 AM  RssIcon

If you missed the first two workshops, Amphibians in North Carolina, there’s still time to register for the third and final workshop this spring. “Amphibians and Reptiles in North Carolina” will be held on April 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Carolina Beach State Park in New Hanover County.

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission personnel Jeff Hall and Mike Campbell once again will be conducting this workshop. Hall is a herpetologist with the Commission, as well as coordinator of the North Carolina chapter of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation — a partnership dedicated to the conservation of reptiles, amphibians and their habitats. Campbell is an education specialist for the Commission in southeastern North Carolina.

The workshop is free and open to participants 16 years old and older who want to learn more about “herps,” as reptiles and amphibians are called collectively. Joining Hall and Campbell will be Keith Farmer, aquarist and herps husbandry expert, from the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

The three instructors share a passion for herps, as well as herps conservation. They enjoy teaching others as a way to pass along that passion and promote the conservation of these often-maligned and under-appreciated animals.

“Keith brings lots of critters and it makes the workshop that much better by him bringing so many interesting animals,” Hall said.

Classes in the morning will focus on conservation, basic biology and habitat requirements of snakes, lizards, alligators, frogs, toads and salamanders, as well as the effects people can have on these animals. In the afternoon, participants will head outdoors and use their newly acquired skills and knowledge by looking for critters.

According to Hall, Carolina Beach State Park is home to “many, many” reptile and amphibian species so participants are likely to see a variety of animals during the afternoon field excursion.

“I expect we may see Eastern hognose snakes, Southern cricket frogs, barking treefrogs and broken-striped newts, just to name a few,” Hall said.

The workshop qualifies for Component II of the N.C. Office of Environmental Education Certification. Educators may receive one CEU credit for each workshop they attend.

For more information about the workshop, contact Hall at 252- 917-1683,; or Campbell at 252-670-0090,



NCPARC Coordinator Jeff Hall (right), holding an Eastern kingsnake, talks about the importance of reptiles at the 2012 Dixie Deer Classic in Raleigh on March 2.


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