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See and learn about reptiles and amphibians of New Mexico from 2-3 p.m. Sunday at Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
Scott Bulgrin, president of the New Mexico Herpetological Society, will give a talk on New Mexico herpetological fauna, followed by a live animal demonstration and display.
New Mexico is home to at least 123 species of reptiles and amphibians. The Pajarito Plateau boasts around 30, including 12 species of snakes and 11 species of lizards. Many of these are often overlooked or well camouflaged, so getting the chance to see such seldom seen and wild animals up close can be a treat.
Some of the critters Bulgrin might bring include a Couch’s Spadefoot Toad, Great Plains Toad, Sonoran Desert Toad, Box Turtle, Painted Turtle, Snapping Turtle, Side-Blotched Lizard, Bull Snake, Glossy Snake, Great Plains Ratsnake and Desert Kingsnake.
For almost 50 years, the New Mexico Herpetological Society has promoted the scientific study of the state’s reptile and amphibian populations and the recognition of their role in the ecosystem. They educate the public about these unusual and unique animals through field trips, community outreach programs and monthly meetings.
Bulgrin is the president of the New Mexico Herpetological Society in Albuquerque and has lived in New Mexico for the past 13 years. He has extensive experience with herpetological fauna and has conducted outreach and education for NMHS for many years.
For more information about this program, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.