Course Overview

Many New Mexico residents have relocated from other parts of our country, to lovely New Mexico, and the critters that one finds here, may be very different from those that they have left behind! This discussion will hopefully answer many of their questions about the natural history, biology, and toxicology associated with the venomous snakes of our new environment, for a danger better understood, is a danger better avoided!

The presentation based discussion will cover many of the snakes found around New Mexico that might show up in our yards, homes, or on hikes in the area.

You presenter is a boarded clinical toxicologist, who for 33 years served as the managing director of one of our nation’s certified regional poison control centers. His area of expertise within the vast field of toxicology was and remains those poisons to be found in Nature.

What You'll Learn

Topics covered include:

  • The eight species of venomous snakes found in New Mexico,
  • Their descriptions and distribution
  • Snakes' private lives
  • Snake venom and its physical effects
  • The basics of current treatment of the snake envenomed patient, both in the “field” and in the hospital setting
  • General prevention techniques for how to avoid such snake bites

Additional Information

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Additional Information

Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is no longer required for entry. Masks are recommended.

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This class is eligible for UNM Tuition Remission under Personal Enrichment.

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