Jeff Smith 2:30 p.m., June 26
Creepy crawly education
Herpetology clubs at the reptile show in San Diego
There was opportunity to pose with a fabulous, scaly creature this weekend, thanks to the Southern California Herpetology Association & Rescue club.
Jacob Gomes, 10, took advantage and got close with a corn snake on Saturday, July 6, 2013. Jacob’s dad said his son wants to be a herpetologist, and they already have a leopard gecko at home.
The SCHAR club was set up in one corner near the entrance of a reptile show in downtown San Diego, at the Civic Center, on Saturday. The club offered a chance to pose with the creature of your choice, from a selection of scaly animals. The club suggested a five dollar donation for the opportunity, explaining that they provide rescue and rehabilitation services for reptiles in need.
An associated group, the San Diego Herpetological Society, was also present, with a table inside the main room. The Herp Society volunteers said they encourage the study and propagation of amphibians and reptiles. “By promoting captive breeding, some animal collection pressure is taken off of wild populations,” the group stated, in one of their handouts. Readers are informed that California requires a fishing license to collect “native herps,” and reptile-lovers are encouraged to learn the regulations to avoid trouble.
The Herp Society has been active in San Diego County for thirty years and they believe education is the best means to “reduce prejudices” against their favorite creatures. The group offers visits to classrooms and birthday parties and scout clubs.
The San Diego Herpetological Society opines: “Corn snakes are considered the best snake for a beginner.”
Tickets to the Reptile Super Show are sold at the door, and you can go online to download a dollar off-coupon. The show is scheduled to finish at 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 7, 2013.