“The only good snake is a dead snake!”
If it’s venomous, it’s dangerous to humans, right? If you remove reptiles from the wild, even if well intended, how does that impact the species? As an educational group, we need to consider the ecological role reptiles play, from toads to tortoises, killing versus keeping snakes, to catching animals for feeders or for captive propagation. Indigenous reptiles could play a bigger role in ecology than many large mammals. We will also talk about the huge impact the fungal diseases spreading through snake and amphibian populations may have not only on herps, but humans as well, and how we, as hobbiests, can each help scientists track these fungal infections.