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Spend some one-on-one time with pine snakes
Don Carter State Park is part of a national project
This undated photo taken by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Department shows a pine snake, which is one of North America’s rarest reptiles.

While slithering reptiles make some shudder at their sight, some are enthralled by the cold-blooded animal. And one Georgia state park plans to allow North Georgians access to the scale-laden creature.

Bryan Hudson will teach visitors to Don Carter State Park all about one of Georgia’s largest and most secretive snakes. Project Pine Snake will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at 5000 N. Browning Bridge Road in Gainesville. Participants may meet at picnic shelter No. 4 for the program, which will involve live snakes.

Project Pine Snake is a collaborative conservation effort between Reinhardt University, Georgia College and State University and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. It is aimed to understand the ecology and management needs of pine snakes across North Georgia.

The event is free, but parking cost $5.

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