Columbus State University’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road, may have hosted programs about snakes before, but it’s never been anything like this.
“We usually talk about snakes, but focus on native snakes to Georgia,” said Jenn Collins, Oxbow’s program coordinator. “This time we’re focusing on exotics.”
Jason Clark, an animal coordinator at Oxbow, will bring in several snakes from his own collection for Snakes Alive! at 1 p.m. Dec. 11.
Clark will talk about pythons, boa constrictors and anacondas, dispelling myths and discussing general information about the animals. “There’s a lot of misconceptions,” said Clark. “(But) the snakes are not out to get us.”
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For those concerned about the temperament of the snakes, Collins assured that it will be a controlled environment and “we’d never pull out an animal we think would pose a threat.”
“These are beautiful creatures,” she said. “Things you don’t get to see every day.”
The program is open to all ages; pre-registration is not necessary, but space is limited. It costs $8 to attend and is free for children 3 and younger.
Katie McCarthy, 706-571-8515