About Terry

Awarded "2006 Conservation Educator of the Year" by the Mississippi Wildlife Federation

Terry L. Vandeventer

Mr. Vandeventer's interest in wildlife began at the age of four with the frogs and harmless gartersnakes that abounded near his childhood home. Since that time he has come to be recognized as an international expert on reptiles. His peers in academia consider him to be the foremost authority on the snakes of Mississippi. As a result of thirty years of appearing in front of audiences, Terry Vandeventer is the most widely recognized wildlife personality in Mississippi, often referred to by the public as simply “the Snake Man.”

Aside from his duties as owner of The Living Reptile Museum Educational Productions, he regularly lectures at professional symposia across the United States and in several foreign countries. A popular personality on television and radio call-in shows, Terry Vandeventer is also the author of numerous scientific and popular publications on snakes. Formerly in charge of the Jackson Zoo Reptile Department, he now serves as Herpetology Field Associate with the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science.

The search for rare reptiles has taken Terry to many exotic locations, including the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest, where for many years he guided scientists and natural history expeditions. His expertise has been utilized on the sets of Hollywood motion picture productions and televised nature documentaries.