“The Connecticut River Conservancy (CRC) today announced that they have received a new grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) that will help protect native turtles. The grant will fund landowner outreach by CRC and wood turtle site assessment by project partner, The Orianne Society (TOS).” Read the full press release from the Connecticut […]
December highlights from some Indigo Snake surveys on the Orianne Indigo Snake Preserve and other important conservation properties.
Eastern Hog-nosed Snake crossing a sandy road on a spring evening. – Houston Chandler I have had many snake experiences over the years, but nothing really compares to experiencing the theatrics often produced by Eastern Hog-nosed Snakes (Heterodon platirhinos). More on that in a minute. First, Eastern Hog-nosed Snakes are moderately-sized (typically 2–3 feet) snakes, […]
Splitting their time almost equally between land and water, Wood Turtles are unique compared to other North American turtle species, most of which are either chiefly aquatic or fully terrestrial. Aquatic species such, as Painted Turtles, rarely leave water except to bask and nest, and terrestrial species, including tortoises and Box Turtles, scarcely venture into […]
“Denizens of the southwest, flat-tail horned lizards are well-adapted to hot, arid, and sandy environments with sparse vegetation. This species relies on camouflage to avoid detection but once spotted, they will run and quickly shuffle in loose sand and bury themselves in seconds.” – Kyla Garten This close-up of a Flat-tail Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma mcallii) […]