Sacramento rattlesnake expert to dispel myths at free talk

The public is invited to hear a free myth-busting talk about rattlesnakes at an upcoming Audubon Society meeting.

Mike Cardwell, an adjunct professor at Sacramento State, will also speak at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 on how to avoid the reptiles and prevent bites, according to a Sacramento Audubon press release. The meeting will be held at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Ancil Hoffman Park.

Cardwell has been radio-tracking rattlesnakes for several years. His telemetry study of the Mojave rattlesnake was featured on Animal Planet’s Venom ER television series.

He is studying northern Pacific rattlesnakes at two sites near Sacramento. Cardwell has published numerous articles on rattlesnakes and is a frequent lecturer on the reptiles.