Allen, Ross

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Allen, Ross Gender: M
Ensil Ross Allen
born on 2 January 1908 at 20:46 (= 8:46 PM )
Place Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 40n26, 80w00
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
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Ross Allen


American herpetologist and writer who was based in Silver Springs, Florida for 46 years, where he established the Reptile Institute in November 1929. He used the institute for research and education about alligators, crocodiles and snakes, also sponsoring and conducting collection expeditions.

Allen founded and was first president of the International Crocodile Society. In his research with snakes, he developed many anti-venoms, including a dried form, and professionally milked venoms for venomous snakes, which was particularly important for protecting United States forces during World War II. He mixed entertainment and science at his Institute.

Because of his expertise in handling animals, Allen was featured in numerous film shorts and newsreel clips. He also served as stuntman and reptile handler on several movies that were filmed in Silver Springs, including Tarzan Finds a Son! (1939) and The Yearling (1946).

His books include Florida Water Snakes (1941), Fishes of Silver Springs, Florida (1946), Keep Them Alive (1960) and How to Keep Snakes in Captivity (1971).

Ross Allen died on 17 May 1981, aged 73, in Gainesville, Florida.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : Begin Major Project November 1929 (Reptile Institute)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate.


  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Four)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Seven)
  • Vocation : Education : Researcher
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Circus/ Animal acts (Animal handler)
  • Vocation : Science : Biology (Herpetologist)
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (International Crocodile Society)
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (Snake anti-venoms)