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A few weeks ago we held our annual “Places You’ve Never Herped” event where we bring our members out into the field with us to conduct surveys for reptiles and amphibians. It always pleases me when kids or adults who previously had not experienced looking for these animals come out with us. In this case, […]

Hunting for Salamanders in the southern Appalachians

On a cool morning in early October, we set out with a group of Orianne Society members to search for reptiles and amphibians in the north Georgia mountains. This marked the start of Places You’ve Never Herped 14. We have been taking Orianne Society members on field herping expeditions annually since 2012, traveling to places […]

Photo of the Month: November

With winter seemingly in full force in the Great Northern Forests it is likely to be at least four months before reptiles and amphibians are out again in large numbers in the Great Northern Forests. For many, a Blue-spotted Salamander (Ambystoma laterale) such as this one will be the first species they see next spring, […]

Tegus find their way into Georgia

Increasing globalization has led to a truly astounding number of reptile and amphibian species being easily available for purchase as part of the massive reptile and amphibian pet trade. Take a trip to a reptile show or browse the internet and you can buy anything ranging from alligators to large tortoises to some of the […]

Fieldnotes- October 2019

For the last two years, the Orianne Society has been involved in a multi-state effort to document the current distribution of Alligator Snapping Turtles. In many places these turtles were harvested commercially for the production of turtle soup, causing severe declines in wild populations. The purpose of these survey efforts is to help the U.S. […]