Michael E. Comella

Michael E. ComellaMichael E. Comella is a reptile rehabilitator and director of Wichita Falls Reptile Rescue. Mike is also a professional development instructor with Vernon College in Wichita Falls, TX, where he administers a Texas Department of State Health Services accredited animal control course on reptile handling; with special emphasis on venomous snakes and large constrictors. He has devoted 25 years to field and husbandry studies of herptiles, including 20 years in safe handling of native venomous snakes. In 2003, Michael was presented with his first case of an endangered reptile, displaced by construction activities. He soon became known locally as an ad hoc rescuer and was presented with many turtles injured by vehicle traffic. These events sparked a paradigm shift from observer and enthusiast, to a decade spent in pursuit of an intense passion for conservation, reptile medicine, and development of rehabilitation protocols for reptiles and amphibians. Michael also administers a social media page related to rehabilitation of reptile and amphibian wildlife.

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