Remembering Tatiana Kotenko

Authored by Dr. Olexander Zinenko On March 2, 2013, an outstanding Ukrainian herpetologist, Tatiana Kotenko, passed away. During her entire scientific career, she had a particular fondness for the Steppe Viper (Vipera renardi) and the Steppe Runner (Eremias arguta), both her favorite reptiles. Tatiana was born on October 14, 1949, in Kiev. Her lifelong interest […]

Vipera anatolica

Authored by Dr. Olexander Zinenko Critically endangered Vipera anatolica (Eiselt et Baran, 1970) is the rarest and least known species of small vipers of the subgenus Pelias. Only five specimens were described in the scientific literature (Nilson and Andren, 2001). After being discovered and precisely described in 1969, the type locality has been visited by […]

The Moldavian Meadow Viper Conservation Project

The Moldavian Meadow Viper (Vipera ursinii moldavica) Conservation Project: Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund Project # 13257926 Authored by Alexandru Strugariu Member of the Viper Specialist Group, Europe and North Africa Biodiversity Research Group, Faculty of Biology, “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iași and Moldavica Herpetological Group, Carol I Blvd. No. 20A, 700505, Iași, […]

Vipers of the United Arab Emirates

Authored by Johannes Els Member of the Viper Specialist Group, Middle East and North Africa Department of Herpetology and Freshwater Fishes, Environment and Protected Areas Authority, Breeding Centre for Endangered Arabian Wildlife, P.O. Box 29922, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Email: johannes.els@bceaw.ae. The United Arab Emirates has four species of vipers from three genera. These include […]

Climate Change and Pitvipers: A Case Study of the Arizona Black Rattlesnake (Crotalus cerberus)

The following is a paper written and contributed by Dr. Erika M. Nowak of the Colorado Plateau Research Station and Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University, Dr. Gordon W. Schuett of the Department of Biology and Center for Behavioral Neuroscience at Georgia State University, and Dr. Rulon W. Clark of the Department of Biology at […]

Vipers of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland undergo formal conservation assessment

  This article was submitted by Dr. Bryan Maritz, Regional Coordinator of the African Region of the Viper Specialist Group. Dr. Maritz is from the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. In the above photo are the editors of the Atlas and Red List of the Reptiles […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Recognizing Matt Moore

Authored by Amanda Newsom This July, the Orianne Society would like to recognize one of our valuable volunteers, Matt Moore. Matt became an avid herpetology enthusiast at a young age, growing up in rural South Georgia where wildlife is abundant in its sandhill habitat. Matt says he “has always found wild animals that many people […]

Longleaf Conservation Field Day 2014

Authored by Brannon Knight and Kevin Stohlgren On Tuesday, June 24, 2014, several organizations partnered together to host a Longleaf Conservation Field Day at the Orianne Indigo Snake Preserve in Jacksonville, Georgia. The purpose of this field day was to educate individuals about Longleaf Pine as well as the flora and fauna found within the […]

Shiver Me Timbers: Daylighting for Timber Rattlesnakes in Vermont

Authored by Daneil Pieterse It’s been an agonizingly slow thaw here in the state of Vermont, but spring is finally here! After a long winter, the ice is melting and we are preparing for the emergence period of our Timber Rattlesnakes. In northern areas like Vermont, rattlesnakes hibernate during our long, harsh winter. These overwintering […]

Indigo Season Wrap

We recently wrapped up our fourth season of monitoring Eastern Indigo Snakes (Drymarchon couperi) and Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnakes (Crotalus adamanteus) in the Altamaha River drainage of southeast Georgia. This monitoring involves surveying 40 intact sandhill sites with high densities of Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus Polyphemus) burrows. These burrows are the preferred overwintering refuge for Eastern Indigo […]