September 21, 2018 by lancasterherp
Venomous snakes are some of the most feared and misunderstood organisms on the planet. The Eastern copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix) is one of the widest ranging venomous snakes in the US and is a habitat generalist, so it is often the snake that humans come into contact with the most. But despite its near-legendary status, does the snake deserve to be feared? Andy and the Susquehannock Wildlife Society is investigating the copperhead’s complicated relationship with humans in order to shed some light on the defensive behavior of these beautiful native reptiles. By taking a scientific approach to simulating potential human encounters with wild copperheads, they hope to discover their true nature and whether or not they deserve their reputation. Come hear Andy talk about the study along with some of the other herp-related projects that the Susquehannock Wildlife Society is up to!
Andy is a wildlife biologist and Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Harford Community College in Bel Air, MD. Andy has been studying and educating others about wildlife for over a decade and has previous experience with government agencies, non-profit organizations, and universities. He has a particular affinity for herpetology, and herps have been his main focus of study during that span. In addition to teaching at HCC, Andy is also President of the Board of Directors for the Susquehannock Wildlife Society, a non-profit organization based in Harford County that focuses on wildlife conservation, research, and education. When not in the office or classroom, Andy can be found enjoying the great outdoors as a hiker, kayaker, and photographer.
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