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Snakes at Aquarium on TV!

SSSSsssss… A cool, slithering topic is on my weekly TV outdoor report this week. That’s because the popular “Snakes of Nebraska” weekend is upon us at the Ak-sar-ben Aquarium/Schramm Park State Recreation Area near Gretna, NE! See many of Nebraska’s 29 different species of snakes up-close!

Western milk snake. Photo courtesy of University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Western milk snake. Photo courtesy of University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The featured presenter is none other than Nebraska’s own snake man – UNL herpetologist and good friend Dennis Ferraro.

Dennis Ferraro displaying one of his many snake specimens. Photo courtesy of University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Dennis Ferraro displaying one of his many snake specimens. Photo courtesy of University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Dennis Ferraro collecting data from a prairie rattlesnake. Photo courtesy of University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Dennis Ferraro collecting data from a prairie rattlesnake. Photo courtesy of University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Find out more about this must-attend event for the whole family by tuning in to the outdoor report that airs LIVE on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News during the sports segment with Jeff Packer at 6 p.m. CST this Thursday, July 16th. The report can also be viewed on Saturday morning later in the station’s hour-long 8 a.m. CST newscast. Video replays of it are available on Digital Channel 6.2, Cox Cable Channel 120 or online at this link.

By the way, I have always been a fan of reptiles (and amphibians) and the crucial role they play in our ecosystems helping to control populations of insects and small rodents!

Your blogger holding a plains garter snake.
Your blogger holding a plains garter snake.

Specifics of this unique event at the aquarium are also available on our calendar: http://fal.cn/BhPv.

About greg wagner

A native of Gretna, NE, a graduate of Gretna High School and Bellevue University, Greg Wagner currently serves as the Public Information Officer and Manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission's Service Center in Omaha. On a weekly basis, Wagner can be heard on a number of radio stations, seen on local television in Omaha, and on social media channels, creatively conveying natural resource conservation messages as well as promoting outdoor activities and destinations in Nebraska. Wagner, whose career at Game and Parks began in 1979, walks, talks, lives, breathes and blogs about Nebraska’s outdoors. He grew up in rural Gretna, building forts in the woods, hunting, fishing, collecting leaves, and generally thriving on constant outdoor activity. One of the primary goals of his blog is to get people, especially young ones, to have fun and spend time outside!

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