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Biologists Take to Twitter to Advocate for Snakes

Woman wearing hat holds rattlesnakeBiology Professor Emily Taylor is scheduled to participate in a first-of-its-kind Twitter Q&A about snakes Sept. 7. 


SAN LUIS OBISPO — A team of snake experts including Cal Poly’s Emily Taylor will hold the first #SnakeTownHall from 4-6 p.m. Sept. 7 on Twitter. Members of the public will have the chance to get answers to all of their snake questions.

Taylor will join Auburn University wildlife ecologist David Steen, who has been dubbed the best biologist on Twitter by Slate Magazine, and four other scientists from across the country. Snakes play a vital role in the environment, and the scientists hope to reduce unnecessary killing of harmless species.

“A lot of people mistake harmless snakes for venomous snakes like rattlesnakes or copperheads,” Taylor said. “We’re trying to help people learn what different species actually look like, get the word out that most of them don’t pose any risk to humans, and help people understand why these fascinating creatures are worthy of our respect.”

In addition to answering questions from the public, the scientists will provide trivia challenges featuring snake identification graphics created by Blue Aster Studio. Users of the #SnakeTownHall hashtag will be entered in random drawings to win merchandise featuring these graphics.

Twitter handles of #SnakeTownHall participants


  • Dr. Emily Taylor, @snakeymama, California Polytechnic State University
  • Dr. David A. Steen, @AlongsideWild, Auburn University
  • Melissa Amarello, @snakeadvocate, Advocates for Snake Preservation
  • Dr. Bree Putman, @breeput, University of California Los Angeles
  • Dr. Sara Ruane, @sara_and_snakes, Louisiana State University
  • Dr. Jennifer Moore, @DrReptilia, Grand Valley State University

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