Wanting to slither and hop into your heart, reptiles and amphibians are often low-beasties on the wildlife totem pole. Is it because they are often small and good at hiding? Carapaces not cuddle-worthy? Not as showy compared to their mammalian or avarian counterparts?
Be prepared to have those stereotypes bashed when you come face-to-face with more than 100 live reps and amphs at the Live Reptile and Amphibian Show on Sept. 20 at the Santa Monica Mountains’ King Gillette Ranch (officially known as the Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitors Center).
Herp is the word from members of the Southwestern Herpetologists Society who will put on an impressive display of critters that live in the Santa Monica Mountains as well as far off distant lands.
Well-known speakers in the world of Herp will present informative and fun topics about local and exotic beasties. Be prepared to learn at least one, if not more, amazing fact. Here’s the lineup:
11AM & 1PM | Exotic Snakes from Around the Globe, Jules Sylvester
11AM | Reptiles on the Channel Islands: The Few & the Funky, Tim Coonan
12PM | Lizard & Snake Biodiversity in the Santa Monica Mountains, Katy Delany
1PM | Reproduction of the Rare Frugivorous Monitor Lizard: L.A. Zoo’s Veranus Olivaceus, Ian Recchio
2PM | A Malibu Newt: Not a Movie Star Life, Lee Kats
3PM | Reptile & Amphibian Discoveries by Southern California’s Citizen Scientist Army, Greg Pauly