By Trina Wantman During spring 2019, the Longleaf Savannas crew spent the majority of our time conducting inventory surveys for Spotted Turtles (Clemmys guttata) in Georgia and Florida. As a Spotted Turtle Technician, I traveled between both states locating and surveying potential habitat for this cryptic species. Daily tasks included setting traps and conducting visual […]
Revisiting our controlled burning areas in donor sites.
Ephemeral wetlands are important for many southeastern amphibians, but they also serve an important role in the life histories of many snakes and turtles. This month Ben recounts some observations he made during Spotted Turtle surveys and explains how annual wetland drying can really benefit some southeastern reptiles.
We recently wrapped up our sixth consecutive year surveying for Spotted Turtles (Clemmys guttata) in Georgia. This year was exceptionally challenging with dry conditions hampering survey efforts in late April and May. Many wetlands favored by Spotted Turtles were completely dry well before the end of the sampling season. A stark contrast to last season […]
Roads are bad news for turtles, especially during the late spring when most turtles leave the water to lay their eggs. For species that forage on land, such as Wood Turtles, the problem is far worse. During the summer, Wood Turtles roam fertile floodplains in search of food, sometimes ending up more than several thousand […]