on Jun 15, 2012 03:48 PM • Views 7935

The mud snake is just one of several snake species participants in the "Snakes in North Carolina" workshop may find during the afternoon field trip. Photo by Jeff Hall

Media Contact: Jodie
NEW BERN, N.C. (June 15, 2012) — For people who are interested in learning more about snakes native to North Carolina, space is available still for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s “Snakes in North Carolina” workshop, which is being conducted on June 29 at the Cool Springs Environmental Education Center in Craven County.


The free workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with classroom presentations on snake conservation, biology and habitats in the morning and a field excursion in the afternoon to search for snakes.

Among the species participants might find during the afternoon are Eastern kingsnakes, southeastern crowned snakes, black racers, redbelly water snakes, banded water snakes, corn snakes, and, with a little luck, the secretive and rarely encountered mud snake.

The workshop is open to anyone 16 years and older and is limited to 20 registrants. It qualifies for Component II of the N.C. Office of Environmental Education Certification, and educators attending the workshop can receive one CEU credit.

Jeff Hall, a biologist with the Commission, and Mike Campbell, an educator with the Commission, will conduct the 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.

For more information about the workshop or to register, contact Campbell at 252-670-0090, mike.campbell@ncwildlife.org.

For more information about N.C. Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, visit www.ncparc.org.