Lighting a Match- Feb 2019

Sex Determination in Reptiles

Embryonic sex determination (i.e., the mechanism that determines whether embryos develop into males or females) is a fundamental biological process that has significant implications in determining sex ratios in natural populations.  Many vertebrates, including mammals, birds, amphibians, and some reptiles exhibit genotypic sex determination (GSD), where males or females are produced based on the sex […]

Woodland clams are a thing!

How on earth did thousands of clams end up in a vernal pool that shares no connection with other bodies of water? Furthermore, how did they colonize thousands of vernal pools across the United States? Those are good questions, and ones that almost everyone asks immediately after learning many vernal pools are populated by something […]

Fieldnotes- April 2018

Join Ben this month as he highlights one of his favorite Georgia snake species, the Florida Pine Snake.

Kingdom Mystery: Quest for the Blue-spotted Salamander

As a kid growing up at the south end of Lake Champlain, I spent many evenings fishing for perch down at the bay below my house. I’d picked up snake and frog wrangling as a side hobby pretty early on and by the time I was 8 or 9 thought I knew the name of […]

PNYH 12 – Vermont

Mink Frog.   Our 12th Places You’ve Never Herped will take place in Vermont’s beautiful Northeast Kingdom. The Northeast Kingdom is a unique physiogeographic region that lies right at the transitional zone between northern hardwood forests to the south, and the spruce-fir boreal forests to the north. The area is home to many species found […]

Indigo Fun with Rosemary Mosco

Our good friend and the very talented creator of Bird and Moon Science and Nature Cartoons, Rosemary Mosco, recently partnered with The Orianne Society to raise awareness and funds for reptile, amphibian, and landscape conservation through the sale of one of her original drawings of an Eastern Indigo Snake that is AVAILABLE IN PRINT! We […]

February 2018

Nothing says South Texas like the iconic Texas indigo (Drymarchon melanurus erebennus). This five and a half foot male was photographed on the U.S. side of a section of the (now, infamous) “Border Wall” that was erected several years ago. It stands between Brownsville, Texas and its sister city, Matamoros, Mexico. My name is Clint […]

Photo of the Month: January 2018

  Gary tells us, “I drove in my driveway during the summer and saw this thing sticking out of the shrub. As I got closer I realized it was a snake. I parked, ran in and got my camera, took a couple of shots, ran back in to change lenses, and took several more. When […]

Photo of the Month: December 2017

Arizona Mountain Kingsnake (Lampropeltis pyromelana), photographed in situ in Yavapai County, Arizona by Stephen Barten, DVM. Stephen tells us “This snake was found in a crack in a large boulder and other than a photo or two was left alone. We returned 3 days later and found the snake again in the same crevice. If […]