Tygart Lake State Park to shed light on reptiles that get bad rap


TYGART LAKE— The Tygart Lake State Park Nature Center staff would like to invite those within the community that have an interest in a reptile that is often feared, to join them as they explore the snakes of West Virginia. 

Join the staff and WVDNR Biologist Jim Fregonara, on Friday, July 16, as he introduces attendees to a few of the most common serpents that can be found slithering through the woods of West Virginia 

The “Snakes Alive!” event is free to attend and will be offering learning opportunities that could potentially be lifesaving, with Fregonara discussing the different species of venomous and non-venomous snakes and will teach participants how to identify the different types.

In addition, he will be teaching the importance of snakes, because although they often trigger fear in residents, many of these creatures are helpful. Fregonara will also share dialogue on the habitat of a snake. 

Not only will attendees receive valuable knowledge, but they will also get an up-close look at some of the area’s native snakes including the Corn, Black Rat and Milk Snakes. 

The presentation will take place on the lawn of the nature center at 7:00 p.m., so event officials are suggesting that those who plan on attending bring a blanket or chair. 

In the event of inclement weather, the location will be moved to picnic shelter one, which is adjacent to the nature center. 

“This is a great educational, entertaining and fun opportunity for all ages,” commented Park Naturalist Jacob Jackson. “We hope you will consider joining us.”

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