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Chicago Office provides guest speaker on snakes
Midwest Region, January 28, 2013
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A closeup of the head of an eastern massasauga rattlesnake, showing the eliptical pupils, nostril, and
A closeup of the head of an eastern massasauga rattlesnake, showing the eliptical pupils, nostril, and "pit," the heat-sensing organ that is one characteristic to identify this species as a pit-viper. - Photo Credit: Michael Redmer

On Saturday January 26, 2013, Mike Redmer of the Chicago ES Field Office was a guest speaker to the St. Charles (Kane County, IL) Park District's "Learn from the Experts" seminar series for adults. The presentation at Hickory Knolls Discovery Center focused on biology and conservation of the eastern massasauga rattlesnake, a candidate for listing as a federally threatened or endangered species. In addition, the presentation closed with a discussion on how to tell the difference between the eastern massasauga and other snakes that could be confused with it. While there have been numerous reports of "rattlesnakes" from Kane County, Illinois, none has ever been documented with a specimen, photograph, and precise locality. Many past reports that did include photographs were based on misidentified fox snakes, a large and fairly common species in northeastern Illinois. After the presentation, attendees were allowed to see and touch several non-venomous snakes maintained for outreach purposes at the Hickory Knolls Discovery Center.


Contact Info: Michael Redmer, 847-381-2253, Mike_Redmer@fws.gov



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