“Snakes of West Virginia” program coming to Holly River State Park

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A park ranger handles a non-venomous West Virginia snake. Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce

Holly River State Park will host “Snakes of West Virginia,” a family program investigating native West Virginia snakes, at 2 p.m. on July 6, according to officials with the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources.

Park naturalist Jane Birdsong said division biologist Jim Fregonara will provide families an up-close look at live snakes focused on their eating and mating habits, life expectancy, and habitat.

“Jim does a great job discussing the difference between venomous and non-venomous snakes and explains the key role snakes play in a healthy environment,” Birdsong said.

Located in the scenic Hacker Valley in Webster County in central West Virginia, Holly River is a drive of about a 30 minutes south of the W.Va. State Wildlife Center in Upshur County on WV-20.

The park features camping, a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, and  legacy cabin rentals, as well as fishing, picnicking, hiking trails, and planned summer activities.

The Holly River presentation starts at 2 p.m. in the Anderson Activities Building.

The program will be offered again at Beech Fork State Park on Aug. 3 at 7 p.m.  At Beech Fork’s headquarters’ activities room, the program will be hosed by Brian Tabor, Beech Fork park naturalist.

Call 304-493-6353 for information on the Holly River “Snakes of West Virginia” program.

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