Photo credit: Chris Montross

Join us for this unique opportunity to learn about the variable and adaptive Eastern Ratsnake. Although a common sight, there is a lot to learn about this valuable reptile. Visiting Herpetologist Chris Montross will share his vast knowledge of this species, its habits in the wild, and care and reproductive behavior in captivity. Chris owns and operates Dark Horse Herpetoculture and specializes in type locality water and ratsnakes. He will share great photos from the field and help us appreciate these great snakes even more!

Please register and pay online at or contact Patty at

If you are not yet a member of NHSM or NHSM’s Herp Club, you can join at our event! (NHSM membership is $25 for individuals, $35 for families, Herp Club membership is an additional $5 for individuals and $10 for families.)

The Natural History Society of Maryland is a volunteer-led non-profit organization, so the fee you pay will go directly to support the programs, the nature collections, and the building that make this kind of nature education possible.

Thank you for your support!