Zach Lim jostles side to side in the backseat of an SUV. It’s winding up an unpaved road deep into the Santa Cruz Mountains.
“Any time I go out hiking,” says Lim, “even just walking in the park, I’ll just flip over a log or something. If I see anything, could be a salamander or a lizard, I’ll just write down where I found it, time, date.”
Lim is a herper. He loves snakes like birders love birds.
While serpents could spoil a hike for some, Lim goes out of his way to find them. It turns out his hobby is helping advance science.