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Venomous Animals & Poisonous Plants

Georgia's venomous animals and poisonous plants often arouse our fear, but not always our respect. On this episode, we'll learn to recognize and to appreciate some of Georgia's no-so-cuddly creatures. We'll learn how we can protect ourselves and respect how our animals and plants protect themselves.

First we'll visit the coast to learn about sea creatures that can make you say, "ouch!" You've heard of jellyfish and stingrays, but what is a stargazer, or an oyster toadfish? How likely is a shark attack on Georgia's coast and what, exactly, is a riptide? We'll have some experts answer these questions and we'll go for a trawl on the Skidaway River.

Next, we'll visit Georgia's woodlands to meet some venomous natives. Chris Harper will tell us why we should give a snake a break! And, have you ever mistaken poison ivy for Virginia creeper? Tom Patrick of Georgia's DNR will set us straight when we visit Doerun Pitcherplant Bog Natural Area.

Related Links

Southeastern Hot Herp Society

Want to learn more more about snakes?

Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Has the charge to sustain, enhance, protect and conserve Georgia's natural, historic and
cultural resources. Visit their site to learn about some of the species found in this show.

You can buy your Georgia hunting or fishing license by phone, by mail or online.