Jackalopes aren’t real… are they? And vinegaroons look like they should guard the gates to Hell… but do they bite? Many of us have relocated from other parts of the country to this lovely region of New Mexico. The critters one finds here may be very different from those we've have left behind. We’ll discuss some of the natural history, biology and toxicology associated with the animals of our new environment. A danger better understood is a danger better avoided! The discussion will cover many of the critters found around New Mexico that might show up in our yards, homes or be found on hikes. We’ll discuss the dangerous, not so dangerous and not dangerous (hopefully!), to reduce any fears and increase interest in the biodiversity of our new home. Your presenter is a boarded toxicologist, who for 33 years was the managing director of one of the nation’s certified regional poison control centers. His area of expertise within the vast field of toxicology, was and remains, in those poisons to be found in Nature.