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Rattlesnake Lecture

Tuesday, April 04, 2017   Noon - 1 p.m.

Location:  MDWFP's Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

County:  Hinds

For more information please contact  the Visitor Information Specialist at  601-576-6000.

"Diamonds in the Rough, Natural History of the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake"

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SPEAKER: Bruce Means, Ph.D., President and Executive Director, Coastal Plains Institute and Land Conservancy, Tallahassee, FL and Adjunct Professor, Department of Biological Science�Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

The Eastern Diamondback is a wildlife icon of North America equal to the lion of Africa or the tiger of India. It is the largest rattlesnake and most dangerous venomous snake in the United States and Canada.

This lecture presents the results of Dr. Means's 40-year intensive radiotelemetry study of free-ranging populations and laboratory research. Conducted on Tall Timbers Research Station in Florida, and elsewhere in the southeastern US Coastal Plain, Means's field research reveals the amazing biology of this fascinating animal.

It returns to the same overwintering sites each November. It tracks its envenomated prey with pinpoint accuracy. Males vie for females during a graceful combat dance. During the breeding season, females may lure males by air-borne pheromones.

Learn about the life history, behavior, and ecology of this spectacular animal while it still shares the planet with us.

Dr. Means will be available to sell and sign copies of his 416-page, "hot-off-the-press" book, DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH, Natural History of the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake.


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