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Fieldnotes- February 2019

As a keystone species, Gopher Tortoises are a vital component of a healthy Georgia sandhill, so the Orianne Society actively promotes tortoise conservation through prescribed fire, habitat restoration, outreach, and monitoring. This winter Ben has been working on a new project where he’s mapping tortoises along Georgia’s public roads. Join him on one of these […]

The slimy salamander complex: A window into genetic divergence and the definition of a species

Travel to almost any deciduous forest in the eastern United States and you can potentially encounter one of the members of the slimy salamander (Plethodon glutinosus) species complex.  Slimy salamanders are large members of the family Plethodontidae or lungless salamanders, which rely completely on cutaneous respiration for gas exchange (i.e., they breathe through their skin).  […]

Lighting a Match- Feb 2019

A Gardener’s Friend: The Secretive Red-bellied Snake

Northern New England is not known for having high reptile and amphibian diversity, yet most people here are amazed to learn how many species we actually have. I’d wager that if you approached someone on the street and asked them to name all the local frogs, salamanders, snakes, and turtles in the area they can […]

Indigo Defensive Strategies

Join Ben in this month’s episode of Fieldnotes as he explores the wide array of defensive strategies displayed by the “Emperor of the Forest”, the Eastern Indigo Snake.