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Meet the Scientist: Marion Segall on Snakes

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Snake peers through blades of grass. Courtesy of US Forest Service
Footless and Fancy Free: How Snakes Use Their Heads to Solve Problems

Snakes have adapted to life without limbs, but they manage to thrive without the benefit of hands and feet. These slithery, scaly animals use many innovative strategies to capture and eat their prey, to move, to swim, and even to dig...using only their heads. A snake’s head is a jack-of-all trades, but is it a master of none or master of all?

This is the question that Marion Segall, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Division of Herpetology at the Museum, explores by analyzing the skull shape, brain, and behavior of snakes. Join Marion as she shares the ssssecrets of ssssnakes’ sssssuccess with us.

Marion Segall holds a snake that is wrapped around her shoulders.
Courtesy of Marion Segall

Sessions last approximately 30 minutes, and are offered at 2:15, 3, and 3:45 pm. 

Space is limited. Free tickets are distributed at the Discovery Room on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10:30 am on the morning of the event.

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