Snakes of the Desert: Mystery and Intrigue

Snakes of the Desert: Mystery and Intrigue

Course Number: BIOL X414.51

0.5 units

Feared and respected by many for their potential to inflict harm, snakes have long captured the fascination of humanity. This course introduces:

  • The remarkable variety of venomous and non-venomous snakes that inhabit Southern California's deserts
  • The many adaptations that are essential for them to survive in the desert ecosystem including unique morphological, physiological, behavioral, and ecological traits
  • Exploration to locate and identify reptile habitat and possibly see some snakes

Samplings of local venomous and non-venomous snakes are brought into the classroom

Available Sections

Starting Sep 23


Starting Sep 23

Course Fees



William Hayes [ bio ]

close [x] William K. Hayes, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Department of Earth and Biological Sciences, Loma Linda University. Dr. Hayes is a behavioral ecologist and avid birder with many years of experience studying the behavior of rattlesnakes, iguanas and hummingbirds. He has authored more than 20 research articles in scientific journals, and has led research expeditions to remote islands in the Caribbean and Galapagos. He is a frequent speaker at scientific meetings, university seminars, natural history societies and local schools.


Sun 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Sep 23, 2018

1 Meeting

Online Enrollment not available for this course. Please see section notes for instructions on how to enroll.


Joshua Tree National Park Association

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Section Notes:

Students must register through the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park. Call 760-367-5535 to enroll.


No Textbook Required.


Applicable Certificates

Available Sections


Section No.: 182CPD101

Dates: Sep 23, 2018

Time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Instructor: William Hayes

Textbook: No Textbook Required

Location: Joshua Tree National Park Association

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