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Lake Thoreau Environmental Center

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Herpetology Hikes

SoPro Night Hike

This adult only hike occurs every summer and is sponsored by Hattiesburg brewery, Southern Prohibition. Join us as we hike around the lake and discover the reptiles and amphibians that slither, swim, and hop.

June 4th, 2021 7:00-10:00 p.m.cottonmouth

$10.00 admission

Must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

Family Herpetology Hike

This family hike is part of our Discovery Saturdays programming.  This all ages event is fun for the entire family.  We'll start by introducing guests to our resident animals that live in the building and then hike around the lake with professional herpetologists.

green snakeJune 5th, 2021 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Free admission

All ages can attend.


Herpetological Biodiversity

Lake Thoreau Environmental Center is home to many species of amphibians and reptiles, representing much of the diversity seen throughout the Southeast. Currently, 50 species of amphibians and reptiles have been identified on the property. Please remember to enjoy all animals from a safe distance, and do not handle or capture any animal.  If you find any amphibian or reptile not listed, please contact Dr. Carl Qualls at (601) 266-6906 or carl.quallsFREEMississippi. If able, photograph your find from a safe distance.

If you would like to see how many species you can find on your nature hike at Lake Thoreau, feel free to print a copy of our updated species list or pick up one at our collections building and see what you can find. We hope to see you at Lake Thoreau Environmental Center!

For a detailed list, please click here.

  • 13 species of frogs 
  • 8 species of salamanders 
  • 6 species of lizards 
  • 17 species of snakes 
  • 6 species of turtles

Contact Us

Lake Thoreau Environmental Center
150 Lake Thoreau Road

Open 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays

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