The Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC) presents Unplugged Adventure: Summer Snakes on Friday, Aug. 7, where you can take a break from the heat and head over to the air-conditioned comfort of the KPC offices for a lively presentation about our slithery reptilian friends.
Summer Snakes is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. at 3015 Richmond Ave., Houston, 77098 in Upper Kirby, and is recommended for all ages. Snakes have always been eerily fascinating, so join us to learn more about the snakes found in the city and on the Katy Prairie west of Houston, along with general fun facts and figures regarding these serpentine beasts. For example:
- There are nearly 2900 species of snakes, with 375 of those being venomous or deadly. Venomous snakes inject their prey with venom, while constrictors squeeze their prey.
- Snakes consume insects, rodents, birds, frogs, small deer and other reptiles. They eat their prey whole and are able to consume prey three times larger than the diameter of their head because their lower jaw can separate from the upper jaw.
- Snakes hunt mostly at night.
Cost for Summer Snakes is $5 and includes a snack, but guests might want to bring their own light dinners. The event will be led by Jaime González, Conservation Education Director for the Katy Prairie Conservancy, who is known for making his presentations exciting and interactive. Be prepared to meet a few snakes up close and personal, such as the gulf coast ribbon snake, coachwhip snake, and hognose snake. Registration is required.
For those looking for outdoor activities this summer, you can volunteer for KPC’s Prairie Work Days to help maintain our Coastal Prairie Native Seed Nursery, combat invasive species, mulch trails, clear fences of vegetation, and restore prairie habitats. These are every Tuesday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., and every Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Katy Prairie Conservancy’s Indiangrass Preserve.
Indiangrass Preserve will also be open during those times for visitors to walk the trails and check out the nursery. Additionally, the Matt Cook Wildlife Viewing Platform at Warren Lake is open daily from 7 a.m. through dusk.
The Katy Prairie Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust dedicated to preserving an ecologically vital tallgrass prairie and associated wetlands area on Houston’s far west side for the enjoyment and benefit of all. You can The Katy Prairie Conservancy Presents Unplugged Adventure: Summer Snakes On Aug. 7find us on Facebook and Twitter @katyprairie and on Instagram @savekatyprairie.