The Snake Charmer of Smith Rock


July 31, 2016

Steve Lay and his snake friend at Smith Rock State Park
Steve Lay and his snake friend at Smith Rock State Park

Steve Lay loves snakes and they love him. As soon as they start to warm up in the late spring, they make the trek to the bridge in Smith Rock State Park with him to help us appreciate them more.

A retired school teacher, Steve doesn't tire of answering dozens of questions from his big-eyed audience, as his unnamed snake wraps around his hands and arms.

 

In fact, he's happy to educate an often misinformed and apprehensive public on the role of snakes and how to coexist with them. But here, let him tell you why he volunteers his time many weekends each year.