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    National Recreation Area California

Free Live Reptile and Amphibian Show Set for October 6

Nick Hess photographing a California newt.
Eleven-year-old photographer and herpetology enthusiast Nick Hess photographs a California newt. Hess' photographs will be on display at the Live Reptile and Amphibian Show on Sunday, October 6 at the Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center.
Robert O. Hess

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News Release Date: September 24, 2013
Contact: Kate Kuykendall, 805-370-2343

CALABASAS, Calif. – Fans of all things slithery and scaly are invited to attend the Live Reptile and Amphibian Show at the Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center on Sunday, October 6 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. 

Guest speakers from Cal State Northridge, the National Park Service, Southwestern Herpetologists Society and UCLA will be speaking at 11, 12, 1 and 2:00 p.m. Topics include California newts, venomous reptiles, desert lizards and the re-introduction of the California red-legged frog. 

"We are very excited about sharing our love, knowledge and respect for reptiles and amphibians," said Sharon Shingai, chairperson of the Southwestern Herpetologists Society's Junior Herpers group. "We cordially invite all who are interested to explore the fascinating world of herpetology." 

In addition to the special presentations, members of the group will be available throughout the event displaying approximately 100 live animals. Visitors are invited to touch most of the animals with two fingers. 

Eleven-year-old herpetologist and accomplished photographer Nick Hess will display his photographs inside the visitor center.

The event is co-sponsored by the Mountains Recreation and Conservation AuthorityNational Park ServiceSouthwestern Herpetologists Society and Western National Parks Association. For more information, call 805-370-2302.

DIRECTIONS: The Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center is located at King Gillette Ranch, at 26876 Mulholland Highway (just east of Las Virgenes Road), Calabasas, CA 91302. Free parking.

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Did You Know?

Franklin Canyon is a great place for natural and city views.

At the geographical center of Los Angeles is a national park site. At Franklin Canyon Ranch in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, you can see cityscapes and natural views. The recreation area extendes in an east-west direction running through the heart of the city.