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Chapter Meeting

January 17 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Elm Fork Chapter meets the third Thursday of the month. Meet and greet at 9 am, business meeting starts at 9:30, followed by a presentation.

Chuck Swatske (Master Naturalist Class 2018) has had a life-long interest in the lives of snakes and other reptiles and amphibians.  As a young fisherman in the streams of the Ozarks in Missouri, he encountered many species of both venomous and non-venomous snakes.  Many times he shared the same stream banks with various species of snakes and observing these animals, he began to appreciate how interesting and beneficial snakes are to our ecosystem.  Chuck will present the fascinating world of “North Texas Snakes” at the January 17,2019 Elm Fork Chapter meeting at  the Denton County Elections Building.

And you will have the opportunity to see some of our non-venomous North Texas snakes up close and personal.

  • Learn about snake species and sub-species indigenous to North Texas and the State of Texas.
  • Understand Snake Taxonomy, the science of defining and naming groups of biological organisms on the basis of shared character.
  • Learn about 19 non-venomous and 4 venomous species of Texas Snakes, many of which you are likely to run into during your field work.
  • Find out how to identify Texas Snakes and see maps of snake ranges which will show which snakes you will see in Denton County and surrounding counties.
  • Understand the venomous snakes of Texas and North Texas, how to identify these potentially dangerous species.
  • Learn about snake venom and how hemotoxic and neurotoxic venom affect the human body.
  • What should you do and not do in the event you are in the field and someone is bitten by a venomous snake? Important info to know if you are out in the field.
  • Discuss and dispel many snake myths that exist out there and learn how to talk with people about what is true and what is un-true.
  • Find out the answer to the question (which you might be asked), What good are these snakes in Texas?  Shouldn’t we just kill them all?
  • Helpful resources to help you in learning about Texas Snakes
  • You will have the opportunity to observe close-up a few snakes of North Texas.


January 17
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Denton County Elections Administration
701 Kimberly Drive, Suite A101
Denton, TX 76208 United States
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