Sternberg Museum to host "Snake Tales" as part of 10th anniversary celebration

As part of the Sternberg Museum of Natural History's celebration of the 10th anniversary of its move to the dome in northeast Hays, Joseph T. Collins, director of the Center for North American Herpetology and adjunct curator of herpetology at the museum, will present from 6 to 7 p.m. "Snake Tales" Saturday, Oct. 17, in the Engel Education Classroom.

The museum, an entity of Fort Hays State University, moved from McCartney Hall on the FHSU Campus in the spring of 1999.

"I will recount some of my own experience with snakes in the wild with a focus on why snakes are important to the environment," said Collins. "I will also inform people on the proper caution to be taken around poisonous snakes."

The talk is free and open to the public. The museum gift shop will have an assortment of books by Collins and his wife, Suzanne Collins. Both will be available to answer questions and sign books after the presentation. Free copies of "A Pocket Guide to Kansas Snakes" will be available.

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