Throughout our open spaces and urban areas, the Bay Area is home to many diverse reptiles and amphibians. From slippery serpents to charming croakers, prepare to learn about creatures that crawl, slither and hop their way through the Bay. 🦎

Santa Cruz Black Salamander (Aneides niger). Photo by Brandon Kong.

We’ve invited special guest BiologyBrandon, a graduate student biologist and researcher at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to help shed light on these elusive creatures. From sun-soaked summers to the rainiest of winters, discover how these critters adapt and thrive throughout the seasons. Our speaker will take us on tour through the scales and tails that call our region home. Additionally, prepare to learn the art of responsible wildlife watching 🕵️‍♂️🌱 Whether you’re a reptile rookie or an amphibian aficionado, you’ll leave this event with the knowledge and tools to explore our wild neighbors responsibly.

Join POST and BiologyBrandon for an informational tour through the scales and tails that call our region home. This webinar will be interactive and provide the audience with many opportunities to ask BiologyBrandon your questionssss 🐍. We can’t wait for you to come along with us on this journey to learn more about reptiles and amphibians. Register below to receive instructions on how to join us for this ribetting virtual event 🐸.

Cover photo: California Mountain Kingsnake (Lampropeltis zonata). By Brandon Kong.

About the Speaker

​​Brandon Kong is a graduate student in the Physiological Ecology of Reptiles Lab at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. His current work focuses on how drought, starvation and dehydration affect reptiles. Prior to moving to SLO, he completed a bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at U.C. Santa Cruz where he did genetic work on the Santa Cruz Black Salamander (Aneides niger). He also conducted numerous herpetological monitoring projects as a field technician for the Stanford Conservation Program and U.C. Natural Reserve System. Brandon is an avid field herper, spending as much time as possible seeking out amphibians and reptiles in the wild to better understand their natural history. You can follow him on Instagram and YouTube.

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