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Snakes: Breeding Snakes and Genetics

In this class we'll explore the world of breeding snakes in captivity and we'll touch on the fascinating world of snake genetics (with a focus on Ball Pythons). Live snakes are used in class!
Leyla Billman, M.S.
171 total reviews for this teacher
12 reviews for this class
Completed by 41 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
55 minutes
per class
Meets once
year olds
learners per class
per learner

How does a "One-Time" class work?

Meets once at a scheduled time
Live video chat, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Great for exploring new interests and different styles of teachers

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I have been involved with multiple species of animals my entire life...but I've always been intrigued by snakes.  When I was young, I encountered a garter snake in my yard; I screamed and my dad ran to me, "killed" it, and put it in the trash.  Later, I went to show the snake to my friends. I opened the trash can lid, and the snake jumped out at us to escape!  Of course, I screamed again and my dad came running...but this time, he caught the little snake and chose to educate us on the little guy vs. discarding it again.  My dad was an avid outdoorsman, so he took the time to educate us on the snake and why it was so important to let it live.  Since then, I've loved snakes.  Education turned fear into respect.

I have worked exclusively with various species of snakes for over 8 years.  I teach snake conservation at a variety of elementary schools, youth groups, discovery camps, and 4-H groups to all ages.  My snake ambassadors and I enjoy dispelling myths about snakes and showing students that snakes are incredibly beneficial and fascinating creatures.  I have been a regular contributor to a reptile magazine and have been sourced by media for articles on reptile rescue and snakes.  My exotic vet even consults me on occasion regarding Ball Python husbandry as she knows I'm a knowledgable resource.  I have also worked hands-on with reptile rescue (specific to snakes).  I am a member of the United States Association of Reptile Keepers (USARK).  Additionally, as a hobbyist, I breed Ball Pythons, manage an education page on Facebook, and identify snake species when requested.  

Much of what is "general information" about snakes is actually based on misunderstood information and myth.  I see snakes as sort of an underdog in the animal world and I love being their advocate and helping students appreciate them.  In every class I have taught, I have had a handful of students tell me how much I made them love snakes (even though they may have been a little scared beforehand).  There is nothing quite like having an excited little girl, the same age I was when a frantic garter snake jumped out of my trash can, smile at me and tell me she wants to teach kids about snakes when she gets older too. :)
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
While the content is appropriate for all ages, please be aware that this is a class on animals and some aspects of nature can be concerning for certain viewers. 


Leyla Billman, M.S.
Lives in the United States
Animal Sciences Educator
171 total reviews
93 completed classes

About Me

Hello!!  I'm Ms. Leyla and I can't wait to work with you!

I have been a college professor for over 10 years, with an additional 10 years of instruction outside of the collegiate environment.  I was awarded “Instructor of the Year” in 2019 at the... 
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