Snake Experts

Francis S. Markland, University of Southern California

Francis S. Markland

University of Southern California

Michael Caldwell, University of Alberta

Michael Caldwell

University of Alberta

Harry Greene, Cornell University

Harry Greene

Cornell University

Herpetology is a branch of zoology dealing with reptiles and amphibians. This includes snake behavior. The snake expert can be called upon when a person finds a snake in his or her home or suffers from a bite. Snake and reptile experts have years of experience working with snakes and have a wide range of expertise including:

  • serpentine behavior
  • biological device of snakes
  • catching snakes
  • snake venom types and effects
  • how to reduce the likelihood of a snake bite


Risk mitigation and management team is part of what a snake expert brings to the table. They are trained to work with snakes. Most of the specialists specializing in snakes and reptiles also have a broad knowledge of the natural sciences as it is a related branch of knowledge. They may also have practical experience in zootechnics, systems biology research, animal health, and reptile dietary habits.

Such experts are used in a variety of ways. For example, they can provide expert judgment in a lawsuit involving snake poisoning or a snake bite.

They can also work as researchers in a zoo where they monitor reptile behavior to identify potential medical problems, changes in behavior, eating habits and to ensure general well-being.

Snake experts are also involved in evaluating potential endangered species of snakes and whether a company or person has violated an endangered species law.

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