Reptile Day at Panola 2014

Brought to you by Panola Mountain State Park and the Georgia Reptile Society, the program will include LIVE ANIMALS and multiple topic specific education sessions on our reptile and amphibian friends. (sessions and exhibit animals will detailed soon and updated on this event page)

In terms of planning your day's visit to the park, within the space of two hours you'll have time to hear the presentations and see all the exhibits and the animals. Stay a while and enjoy a spring season picnic in the park or visit the Alexander lakes property as well as other park events on March 15.

For the official program page on the State Parks page, visit this link.

Event Information:

Reptile Day at Panola
March 15, 2014
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • $5.00 Parking
  • $3.00 Event Entrance Fee
  • Concessions Available On-Site
  • Educational Presentations
  • Live Animal Exhibits

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Panola Mountain State Park
2600 Highway 155, SW
Stockbridge , GA 30281

GPS Coordinates:
N 33.623400 | W 084.172800

Located 18 miles southeast of Atlanta on Ga. Hwy. 155 via 120 exit #68

Educational Presenters and Exhibitors:


Dr. Harold Wahlquist

Dr. Wahlquist’s professional career involved over 30 years of administrative and technical experience with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, electric power industry, and a Florida marine resources agency. His avocation involves over 40 yrs experience in chelonian (turtle) conservation, breeding and husbandry with species from all continents.  Dr. Wahlquist is a founding member and former officer of the Gopher Tortoise Council and initiated the network that led to the 1989 Georgia Legislature designating the Gopher Tortoise as the official state reptile. He has been an Associate member of AZA and its predecessor organizations since 1964.  He is an active member of the AZA Chelonian TAG and active partner in the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA).

Georgia Reptile Society

Many people do not understand the need to conserve and protect our native reptiles. These animals are essential to our environment; even venomous reptiles such as diamondback rattlesnakes and copperheads play a crucial part in our ecosystem. Unfortunately, some of these animals end up in the back yards of residential neighborhoods because of habitat destruction. While many people see them as a nuisance or a pest, these animals may not have anywhere else to turn. We would like to do our part in providing information to these folks about alternative ways to remove these animals safely and humanely from their properties and to be relocated to a safer environment.

Andy & Morgan Skilling

Tim & Chris Smith

Berkeley Boone

AWARE (Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort)

Located just 20 minutes from downtown Atlanta in the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, the center is surrounded by 3000 acres of forest, streams and wildlife. AWARE is a federally recognized, tax-exempt, non-profit organization of volunteers working to preserve and restore wildlife and its habitat through education and wildlife rehabilitation. See more info here:

For program specific information, contact Jeff Nix @ 678-776-8861 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Education Schedule of Events

10-10:45 AM – BONUS - Lost Person Prevention; Search and Rescue
10:45 AM – Aly Lecznar of GRS – Snakes Alive!
11:15 AM – Lizard Presentation by Morgan & Andy Skilling of Georgia Reptile Society
11:45 AM – Turtle Presentation by Dr. Harold Wahlquist
12:15 PM – Snake Presentation by Morgan & Andy Killing of Georgia Reptile Society
12:45 PM – Berkeley Boone- What Makes a Reptile- a Reptile?
1:15 PM – Why should you care about Reptiles? – Georgia Reptile Society Presentation
1:45 PM – Snake Presentation by Chris & Tim Smith of Georgia Reptile Society
2:15 PM – Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort Presentation of Native Species
2:45 PM – Turtle Presentation by Dr. Harold Wahlquist

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