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December 16, 2009 > Learn about Coyote Hill's slithering snakes

Learn about Coyote Hill's slithering snakes

By Alissa Gwynn
Photos By Dino Labiste

We all recognize the trademark characteristics of snakes - scaly, cold-blooded, and limbless - but did you know they also use their tongues to 'smell' their surroundings? According to Coyote Hills' Naturalist, Dino Labiste, "Snakes are unique in the sense that they are well-adapted to their environment." As a person who has witnessed the surprising feat of a snake sliding vertically up a tree, Labiste has made it his goal to help educate people about these fascinating reptiles through the Snakes of Coyote Hills Naturalist Program.

During the workshop, which will be held on Thursday, December 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., participants will learn about snakes' other unique adaptations and get to create a snake spiral craft to take home at the end of the night. Participants will also get the opportunity to meet and touch Fox and Solomon, Coyote Hills's resident gopher and king snakes.

The Snakes of Coyote Hills Naturalist program is free of charge and open to people of all ages. In addition to speaking about the types of snakes that live in the Coyote Hills area, Labiste will also teach about the different characteristics of various species. The workshop is an excellent education program that he says, "strives to make people aware that snakes aren't good or bad," by explaining the adaptive survival value behind traits such as rattles or venom.

The program will be held in the Ohlone room at the Coyote Hills Visitor Center. Don't miss out on this opportunity to explore the world of slithering snakes!

Snakes of Coyote Hills Naturalist Program
Thursday, December 24
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Coyote Hills Visitor Center
Ohlone Room
8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont
For more information call (510) 544-3220
www.ebparks.org

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