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Nature Center Features "Snakes of the Hill Country"
Wednesday, January 7, 2009 • Posted January 7, 2009

Dave Barker, a herpetologist from Boerne, will present a program on “The Snakes of the Texas Hill Country” on Tuesday, January 13, at the Gillespie County Agricultural Extension Building, 95 Frederick Road in Fredericksburg, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center as part of their Nature Series programs held during the school year. The free program is open to the public.

Barker, a self-professed “snake-aholic,” started a company, VPI, Inc., a commercial enterprise that specializes in the research and captive propagation of pythons. Barker has spent many years associated with zoos in Dallas and Brownsville, where he cared for snakes and other critters. He conducted graduate studies in herpetology at the University of Texas in Arlington, where he earned a M.A. degree in science. He has authored over 100 articles and scientific papers, as well as co-authoring the Field Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Texas, published by Texas Monthly Press in 1984.

Barker will discuss the common snakes found in the Hill Country, describing identification, habitat, and behavioral habits. Barker will have live specimens of snakes on display in his presentation. Barker has been a public lecturer for many years and will provide an entertaining and educational program on snakes.

For more information on this program and the Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center, please call Jane Crone at 830-990-9823.

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