Snakes have been in the news recently.
Polk officials reported removing an alleged 7-foot Banded Watersnake from a Lake Wales home (the record is 5 feet). Polk Fire Rescue sent out breathless press releases every time firefighters saw an Eastern diamondback rattlesnake fleeing local wildfires and the day late and a dollar short great Everglades python hunt is under way with prizes galore.
Perhaps it’s time to take a deep breath and learn some facts about Florida’s snakes.
That opportunity will come when Ancient Islands Sierra Club meets Thursday at 7 p.m. at Circle B Bar Reserve, 4399 Winter Haven Road, Lakeland.
Guest speaker will be Scott Spaulding, manager of Lake Louisa State Park, a longtime snake enthusiast. He will bring live snakes and discuss fact and fancy about these misunderstood reptiles.
The program is free and open to the public.
If you’d like to come early for some fellowship, a covered dish supper will start at 6:30 p.m.