Herpetology in the Red River Gorge

Herpetology in the Red River Gorge

Spring is upon us here in the Red River Gorge of Kentucky. With the warming of weather comes the movement of species that are known to creep and crawl, usually moving around unnoticed by the human passerby. The study of these creeping critters is known as herpetology, and here in the gorge, we celebrate the creepers and those that love them with their own special weekend event. Join us to celebrate Herpetology in the Red River Gorge!!!

Herpetology in the Red River Gorge

Will you be in the Red River Gorge the weekend of April 21st? If you are, then you should take some time to visit Natural Bridge State Park and learn more about the local snakes, lizards, turtles, salamanders and frogs from experienced herpetologists. They will be leading field trips in the morning and afternoon so that you can learn more about and observe these creatures in their natural habitat. You can find out specific times for the event and how to get involved (here).

Herpetology in the Red River GorgeHerpetology in the Red River Gorge

You can also drive into the scenic Red River Gorge and stop in at the Gladie Visitor Center. The National Forest Service is hosting a Herpetology Olympics on April 22nd. This event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Test your feats of strength and find out how your physical abilities stack up against the reptiles and amphibians of the Red River Gorge! This free event is a companion to Herpetology Weekend at Natural Bridge State Park. Enjoy them both and become an expert in the creepers and crawlers in our area.

Herpetology in the Red River Gorge

If you are unable to join in on the festivities of herpetology weekend at the State Park or Forest Service, there is always the opportunity to visit the Kentucky Reptile Zoo in Slade whenever you visit the area. Schedule a tour and learn all about the importance of snakes and even view the process of venom extraction.

You can also view an online list of amphibians and reptiles found in Kentucky through the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife. See how many you can find when you visit the Red River Gorge.

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