This is a summer camp teen hunting rattlesnakes to be used in the development of antivenom. In Rocaterrania’s Summer Camp program, youth are educated in natural history, take part in a variety of conservation projects, learn about the healing properties of native medicinal plants, and develop a respect for nature’s wonders—and dangers. They learn proper methods for trapping snakes, treating snakebites, and safely extracting venom for the production of antivenom.
While living on the KZ Ranch, Kuhler spent much of his free time hiking the many surrounding trails, sometimes encountering rattlesnakes. Living in the wilderness of the Colorado Rocky Mountains fostered an interest in wildlife and the natural environment that Kuhler would retain throughout his life, including the 30 years he worked as a scientific illustrator for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
A grassy hilltop near the Deer Creek Valley where the KZ Ranch was located in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Personal sightings of rattlesnakes in the wild.