Outdoor Alabama Live: ADCNR Kicks Off New Webcast Series with Snakes and Alligators

Outdoor Alabama Live, a brand new series of live webcasts hosted by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR), will premiere its first episode, “Alligators and Snakes: What You Need to Know,” on Tuesday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m. CDT. To watch this hour-long interactive presentation visit www.outdooralabama.com/Webcast/ at the time of the webcast.

During this webcast Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) biologists will have live snakes on-set, present information about these fascinating critters and take questions from viewers. To submit a question visit www.outdooralabama.com/Webcast/ and click “submit your question,” or email your question directly to ask.dcnr@dcnr.alabama.gov. Questions can be submitted anytime prior to and during the webcast. When submitting a question please include your name and where you live.

Not sure what kind of snake you just snapped a photo of? Email it to the address above and if the photo is clear enough the biologists will identify the snake during the show.

“Alligators and Snakes: What You Need to Know,” will feature three WFF biologists. Marisa Lee will serve as host, with alligator expert Chuck Sharp, and nongame expert Roger Clay providing information and answering questions.

All episodes of Outdoor Alabama Live will be archived on the webcast page and can be viewed within a few days of the initial airtime. Any questions not answered during the broadcast will be archived on the website along with that episode.

“This is a great opportunity to learn about these reptiles that call Alabama home,” said N. Gunter Guy Jr., ADCNR Commissioner. “As we share our natural environment with alligators and snakes, encountering them will become more common. This webcast will help address common questions, misconceptions and concerns people may have about these interesting animals.”

The American alligator is North America’s largest reptile. Known for its prized meat and leather, this species was threatened due to unregulated harvests in the early 20th century. State conservation efforts have brought this animal back from the brink of extinction.

Alabama is home to 49 species of snakes, only a few of which are poisonous, and all of which are beneficial. A research project to re-establish the endangered eastern indigo snake, a native species to Alabama, is currently underway in the Conecuh National Forest in Covington Co.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions:  Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.  To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com .