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January 22, 2011

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 2011 Symposium  Volume  

Manuscripts requested for a second "Biology of the Rattlesnakes" volume. Submission deadline has been moved to March 31, 2012. Click here for more details.

  Full Schedule

A full schedule, including all sessions, special events, and talks, is now available. Click here for a PDF download.

 2005 Symposium

You can view the old 2005 Biology of the Rattlesnakes Website, including the program and presentation abstracts, by clicking here.

 2005 Symposium

The volume has been released! Click here to purchase.


Why a Symposium?

With a tail full of music and a mouth that spews venom, the rattlesnake has been maligned and misunderstood by many. Others, however, show more appreciation for this mysterious, cold-blooded creature. In fact, there are many who seek out rattlesnakes to admire their beauty, to indulge an adrenaline rush, or to savor the experience of a unique encounter. The more adventurous prefer finding rattlesnakes in their natural environment, a few are willing only to visit a zoo, and others choose to keep and study them in captivity (which only professionals should do). Some collect photographs, many swap hair-raising stories, and others pay expensive medical bills for tragic mishaps or lapses in judgment. Regardless, these people all want to learn more about rattlesnakes. And then there are those who devote much of their professional careers to studying rattlesnakes. Whether in the lab, in the field, or in the hospital caring for snakebite victims, these are the experts who, more than anyone else, can dispel the myths and mysteries that surround this creature. These are the experts you will hear from at this symposium.

Having visited this website, chances are good that you fall into one or more of the categories above—someone who admires and appreciates rattlesnakes. We hope you can attend the symposium! Although much of the material to be presented at the meetings will be high-ended and scientific in content, you will have the incredible opportunity to learn the latest, cutting-edge discoveries.

About the Symposium

Systematics, morphology, physiology, behavior, ecology, conservation,venom, and snakebite treatment; oral and poster presentations will be invited.

Keynote speaker
Dr. Harry Greene, Cornell University

The Banquet speaker will be Dr. Jonathan Campbell, University of Texas at Arlington professor and widely-recognized authority on the systematics of neotropical amphibians and reptiles. The banquet will also include an auction with proceeds going towards educational grants

To include a variety of researchers who are studying diverse topics in rattlesnake biology. A list of tentative speakers and topics will be posted to this site.

To be published in a peer-reviewed volume, following the tradition set by the widely acclaimed Biology of the Pitvipers, Biology of the Vipers, and The Biology of Rattlesnakes.

Tentative Speaker List

You can e-mail Lori King Painter at if you wish to be added to the tentative speaker list. Please provide your name, institution, appropriate session, and title or topic. We will update the list on this website on a regular basis. Please understand that space will be limited, especially for oral presentations, and that prioritization of who will speak (or present a poster) will depend on a number of factors including submission of a suitable abstract.

Mailing List

You can e-mail if you wish to be added to the symposium mailing list. However, to remain current on announcements, we suggest that you visit this website regularly.


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