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Recent Articles

Are Snapping Turtles Dangerous?

So you just found a Snapping Turtle by your home and want to know if it will be a problem for you, your kids, and your pets. You are not alone! Every spring and summer I receive several inquiries from people in my area asking if I can relocate a Snapping Turtle out of a […]

Photo of the Month: June 2021

This month’s photo was taken by Houston Chandler, The Orianne Society’s Director of Science – “Red-bellied Watersnake (Nerodia erythrogaster) basking near a small wetland.”  

Lighting a Match – May 2021

https://youtu.be/nx5jlsOKE6U Ben Grunwald, Land Management Technician and Burn Crew Lead for The Orianne Society, shows us the post-fire effects and the amount of regeneration at a unit that was burned just a month ago.

Orianne Society Publications: A Critical Component of a Science-Driven Mission

Examples of publications authored by The Orianne Society staff members – Houston Chandler The Orianne Society’s mission focuses on using science to inform the conservation of imperiled reptiles and amphibians. The scientific research that Orianne conducts is broadly aimed at filling knowledge gaps in our current understanding of rare species. Answering these questions will illuminate […]

Technician Spotlight: Andrea Colton, Searching for Spotted Turtles

Andrea with one of this season’s last indigo snake captures – Ben Stegenga Andrea Colton recently wrapped up a three-month technician position surveying for Spotted Turtles in southeastern Georgia as part of a multi-state monitoring project. Finding new Spotted Turtle populations in Georgia has proven to be a monumental task over the last three years. […]