The venomous programs at AF were born in response to the overwhelming negativity surrounding Copperheads in our community. Much of the outrage we experience from our neighbors is fear-based and rooted in misconception and misunderstanding — so much so that we received dozens of unsolicited Copperhead complaints when we first founded the Amphibian Foundation. We soon realized that there is a real opportunity to engage our community in a way that can benefit both our Atlanta community, and the wildlife that shares our neighborhoods, including venomous snakes like Copperheads.

In our experience, most adults are quite comfortable continuing to despise snakes, and are reluctant to change their views regarding the serpents in their community. Many would prefer to reserve their constitutional right to maliciously kill any snake on their property. As a result, we primarily focus our educational programs on kids and young adults, trying to change perspectives in the next generation. The responses of our younger learners to snakes (including venomous) bolsters our belief that the fear and hatred of snakes is a learned behavior, and  that we, as humans, are born with a natural fascination for these incredible species.


Copperhead Rescue & Advocacy Program

Copperhead Rescue & Advocacy Program

We operate a Copperhead hotline in Atlanta, where our team of trained and certified volunteers will come and safely relocate a confirmed Copperhead, free of charge.
AF's Copperhead Hotline: 678 753 4302

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Venomous Training & Certification Program

Venomous Training & Certification Program

Weekend workshops offered every other month

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Venomous Competency Training

Venomous Competency Training

Saturday workshops offered every other month

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Venom Staff


Marjan Ghadrdan

Marjan Ghadrdan

Venomous Programs Coordinator

Vahab Rajaei

Vahab Rajaei

Copperhead Hotline Coordinator & Venom Instructor

Sami Netherton

Sami Netherton

Venom Instructor

Michael Goldman

Michael Goldman

Venom Instructor

Amanda Dahlgren

Amanda Dahlgren

Venom Instructor