Help Wanted: Snake Hunters at Lake Fairfax

by Karen Goff April 12, 2016 at 1:30 pm 15 Comments

North American Water Snake/Courtesy Fairfax County Park AuthorityUpdate: The Park Authority says the event has been cancelled.

Fairfax County needs your help to hunt and document snakes.

The county is conducting a survey of the “aggressive but misunderstood” water snakes that inhabit Reston’s Lake Fairfax Park.

From the Fairfax County Park Authority:

Water snakes get their name because they enjoy the water, but these non-venous reptiles have a bad rap because they are often confused with the dangerous water moccasin that has a similar look. Search with a naturalist for non-venomous water snakes and help to document their size, gender and location.

Here is what you need to know:

The count is Thursday, April 14 from 7 to 8 p.m.

Ages 8 through adults are invited to participate.

The cost is $6. Sign up online or call 703-471-5414.

Photo of North American water snake courtesy Fairfax County Park Authority.

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