A quote on Okefenokee Joe’s website reads “All women want to marry him, and all men want to be him.” But this 30-year “swampwise” educator is too busy teaching kids and adults alike about nature to care about his sex-symbol status. “I don’t care if someone said that,” says Joe. “I guess it’s a compliment, but people say a lot of things about Okefenokee Joe.”

Joe will be presenting his “Earth Day Every Day” educational show at various times throughout the SEWE weekend. “I’ll bring my guitar and sing some songs about animals and living closer to mother earth,” says Joe. Audience members can also expect to be face-to-face with snakes native to the Lowcountry. “The snakes act as goodwill ambassadors from the earth,” says Joe. “They’re not pets, they’re my friends.” —KL

Although we don’t suggest getting close enough to determine the species, here are some tips to recognize a few dangerous local snakes:

Copperhead:
This snake is known for the dark brown hourglass shapes on its back. It’s also known as the “highland moccasin.”

Cottonmouth:
Also known as the “water moccasin,” this snake lives near water and is heavy-bodied. It is dark-colored and sometimes has a cross-banding pattern on its sides.

Coral Snake:
This snake is brightly colored with bands of yellow, red, and black. Don’t be confused by the king snake, referred to as the “false coral,” who also has bright colored stripes. On coral snakes, the red and yellow bands touch.

For more information, visit www.okefenokeejoe.com