Coral Snake Antivenom

  This is a special guest blog by Jack Facente, director of Agritoxins Venom Labs Today North America does not have current (in date) FDA approved antivenom for Coral Snake (Micrurus fulvius) envenomations. Wyeth, the only manufacturer of Coral Snake antivenom since 1967, stopped producing the antivenom in 2003. All of the 2003 antivenom lots […]

At Odds With Bird Netting

As you might imagine, The Orianne Society fields a good number of phone calls from folks seeking advice when snakes and humankind collide. Some calls are based in fear, others in sympathy, but all have a certain level of respect for wildlife. Friday, June 14th was no different. Well, actually, it was a little different. […]

And A Good Time Was Had By All

One of the fastest-declining groups of animals, reptiles and amphibians, cannot be conserved without conserving their habitat. Being such, in 2012, The Orianne Society partnered with Warren-Wilson College to identify crucial habitat for reptiles and amphibians called Priority Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Areas (PARCAs)–think Important Bird Areas–in the states of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina […]

Timber Rattlesnakes in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Timber Rattlesnakes (Crotalus horridus) are a large, heavy-bodied pit viper. They range throughout much of the eastern half of the United States, but due to human persecution and habitat loss are declining in many regions, including the southern portion of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northeastern Georgia and Western North Carolina. Timber Rattlesnakes, like all […]

Partnerships at Work

One of the keys to The Orianne Society’s many successes in conservation lies in its partnership affiliations. Since 2007, The Orianne Society has shared resources with many like-minded organizations, corporations and landowners whose missions include the welfare of endangered and threatened wildlife and their habitats around the world. Our earliest partnerships were the result of […]

Runway Spotlight

In wildlife conservation, one of the fundamental questions we work with is, will this population we are trying to save still be here in the future? Obviously, the goal of our conservation efforts is to make the answer a resounding “YES!” The ability of a population to persist into the future is referred to as […]

AZA Snake TAG Meeting in Detroit

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) held the 2013 Herpetology Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) meetings on March 18-21, hosted by the Detroit Zoological Society. These meetings are designed to discuss and review management of our Species Survival Programs (SSP) programs, assess conservation initiatives, and hear new findings in veterinary medicine and captive reproductive technologies. […]

Turning a Corner

This year The Orianne Society participated in the 46th Claxton Rattlesnake and Wildlife Festival hosted by the Evans County Wildlife Club in Claxton, Georgia. This was the second year of the event being held as a festival rather than the historical Rattlesnake Roundup, and we were as happy to participate this year as we were […]

A Week With The Orianne Society

March Intensive, it’s not school, it’s more than that. During the third week in March, Hanover High School students from Hanover, New Hampshire, leave traditional academia and get a snippet of what a real career looks like. The program is certainly not job shadowing because it’s a hands-on, immersive experience that sometimes unveils a student’s […]


This article was co-authored by Dylan Kelly Counting trees may not seem like something you might do on an Eastern Indigo Snake project. Yet the vegetation measurements Dylan Kelly performs as part of The Orianne Society’s monitoring program for Indigo Snakes in the Altamaha River Drainage of southern Georgia will play an important role in […]