Snakes You Might Meet While Birding
Presenter: Gil Martinez, Mitchell Lake Audubon Center
Thursday, March 1 ● 7:00 PM San Antonio Zoo Education Center (map below)
All snakes are NOT “copper-headed water rattlers” intent on biting birders. While most snakes are nonvenomous and tend to avoid contact with people when given the chance, they can still give us quite a scare. And a well camou-flaged snake can surprise us at close range and may protect itself if we miss its “Don’t Tread on Me” signs and blunder too close.
The best way to avoid trouble with snakes is to understand their habits and avoid close contact with them. That’s where Gil Martinez of Mitchell Lake Audubon Center comes in. At our March meeting, he will discuss range, habitats and habits of these amazing creatures. Gil is bringing some of his snake collection with him to the meeting, but the snakes will NOT be in the meeting room.
Gil has a degree in Biology from the University of Texas Pan-American (now UT Rio Grande Valley), with an emphasis in herpetology. He is a native Texan who spends most of his spare time in the south Texas thornscrub chasing after indigo snakes and western diamondbacks. He has worked for the USFWS as a park ranger, as an environmental scientist working with oil and gas companies, and has been with Audubon for the past 3 years.