Ross Bennett ‘Reptiles and frogs of the ACT: how to stop worrying and love snakes!’

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Thursday, 29 November 2012 - 12:30pm

Ross will provide an overview of our local herpetofauna, some historical insights into their status and an opportunity to dispel some of the myths surrounding the snakes in particular. Ross will bring a couple of his ‘friends’ to illustrate some points.

Ross has never known anything but fascination for wildlife and the environment. He came to the ACT from Victorian National Parks Service and went to combine his roles in land, wildlife and fire management here with CSIRO and other agency wildlife programs across Australia. Somewhere along the way he was asked to write a field guide to the ACT’s frogs and reptiles by the ACT National Parks Association who published it in 1997. He then went on to fulfil another dream in the building and operation of the Australian Reptile Centre at Gold Creek. Eleven years later, with a daughter of that age deserving his attention, he took ‘early retirement’ and now has the time to continue his interests in wildlife combined with the travelling which was put on hold for so many years.