Ryan Collister: Qualified Venomous Snake Instructor
About: Ryan is a lifelong lover of nature and a native Texan, beginning his career after college as an educator at the Austin Nature and Science Center. Currently working at the Science Mill, a small children’s museum in Johnson City, Texas, Ryan enjoys pursuing native wildlife in their natural habitats as an amateur photographer in his free time.
Venomous Snake Handling Experience: Through the Austin Herpetological Society and Austin Reptile Service, Ryan continued his mission to educate the public about their legless neighbors, often called to relocate them away from trouble with humans. Ryan gained the bulk of his venomous snake experience during a three year tenure at San Antonio Zoo, maintaining a large and diverse collection of reptiles that included a particular focus on the rattlesnakes of Mexico.