Wildlife biologist Derek Yorks speaks about the diversity of Maine’s snake species.
Part of the Winter Talk series sponsored by Allen Insurance & Financial
Whether you like them or loathe them, snakes tend to strike a chord deep in the human psyche. In this program, Derek Yorks speaks about Maine’s 9 species of snakes, from the small and secretive ring-necked snake to the (relatively) large and easily observed northern water snake. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife keeps track of all Maine snake species and is actively studying populations of Maine’s largest and rarest snake, the State Endangered northern black racer.
Derek Yorks serves as lead biologist on reptile and amphibian issues at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife where he coordinates research and conservation efforts on several priority rare species. He is currently focused on assessing the distribution, status, and management needs of black racer snakes, Blanding’s, spotted, and wood turtles in Maine, coordinating Maine’s efforts with that of several working groups in the Northeast on these species.
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