This weeks Speaker Series will be slithering into the Royal Tyrrell Auditorium.

Officer Jeff Zimmer from the District Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Branch will be the speaker this Thursday, April 6.

"This year we are bringing him back for another kind of wildlife, we'll be talking about snakes, 'Snakes of Southern Alberta'. For us paleontologists and anyone else going to adventure in the badlands, you often stumble upon those critters," stated Dr. Francois Therrien of the Tyrrell.

Therrien mentioned that the talk will be an overview on the different kinds of snakes do you find in Alberta, how to differentiate them and more dangerous species like rattlesnakes.

"For example, we all know of rattlesnakes and no, we don't have them here in the Drumheller valley. If you go farther South, like around Brooks, you will find them," Therrien noted.

"So it's an overview on how to recognize them, which ones are dangerous and which ones are peaceful. If you are like me, you can't tell the difference between a garter snake and a rattlesnake until it shakes its' tail, then it's probably a good presentation for you to come and see."

The Speaker Series will come to a close at the end of April. For the rest of the month, each presentation will be held on Thursday's and are free of admission.

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