Cottonmouth in typical ambush position near the edge of a drift fence – Houston Chandler

The Cottonmouth Myth

There may not be another animal on the planet that receives as much unfounded descriptions of aggression and viciousness as the cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus). It seems that almost everyone in the south has some type of cottonmouth story, whether a first-hand account or a story passed along by a family member or friend. The one […]

Celebrating southeastern wetlands: An unappreciated resource

I have spent countless hours wandering through wetlands in the southeastern Coastal Plain, usually in search of animals that most people will never have the opportunity to observe in their natural environment. Some of the prettiest places that I have stumbled upon can only be accessed by getting your feet wet and exploring off the […]

Using species distribution models to inform conservation

Identifying where species occur is an important but challenging aspect of many conservation projects. Species occurrence can be thought of in several ways. At the most basic level, it describes the geographic area in which a species can be found. This is the range map that everyone has seen in one field guide or another. […]

Conservation Lessons from New Zealand’s Imperiled Herpetofauna

            New Zealand is composed of a collection of islands located in the southern Pacific Ocean. The land mass that eventually formed these islands broke away from other land masses between 80 and 65 million years ago. Today, New Zealand is located approximately 2,000 km from Australia and 1,000 km from the closest Pacific islands. […]

Spotted, Blanding’s, and Wood Turtle Conservation Symposium: Bringing Together Partners to Push Conservation Forward

            On a chilly day in early November, I plunged into a cold, shallow stream in search of a turtle that had previously eluded me – the Wood Turtle (Glyptemys insculpta). Wood Turtles are a fascinating species that spend part of their time on land and part of their time in streams and rivers. Wood […]