Imperfect Detection: An important aspect of Eastern Indigo Snake Surveys

The 2017–2018 Eastern Indigo Snake (Drymarchon couperi) survey season is winding down. The majority of surveys will be finished by mid-February, and the snakes will slowly start moving away from sandhills as the weather warms up in late winter and early spring. This annual movement off of sandhills makes a species that is already difficult […]

Porcupines: Bark-eating Beasties of the Northern Woods

A few years ago a visitor from South Carolina told me they saw a beaver climbing a tree in the woods behind my house. As much as I’d love to believe arboreal beavers inhabit woodlands around my house in central Vermont, it was highly unlikely. North American porcupines, which are similar in size and shape […]

Marbled Salamander Movements

Two weeks ago I sojourned to a distinct depression in an oak bottomland forest in central Virginia. Now dry as a bone, it looked little different from the surrounding forest—but a few Aprils ago, I had seen clouds of thousands of Marbled Salamander larvae here, in this very spot, when the depression was ponded with […]

VSG Meeting at 4th Biology of Vipers Conference in Athens, Greece

Authored by Professor Jelka Crnobrnja-Isailović, VSG Coordinator for Europe Thirty four viper biologists attended the fourth Biology of Vipers conference in Athens, Greece, on October 10-13, 2014, supported by Societas Hellenica Herpetologica and Viper Specialist Group (VSG) and co-chaired by Dr. Maria Dimaki and Stephen Roussos. Two plenary lectures were given by our distinguished colleagues, […]

Katie of the Sonoran Desert: A model for viper conservation education in Africa?

Authored by Bryan Maritz Regional Coordinator (Sub-Saharan Africa) of the IUCN Viper Specialist Group Department of Biodiversity and Conservation Biology; University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa. E-mail: bryanmaritz@gmail.com. Several years ago herpetologist Kate Jackson and illustrator Natalie Rowe teamed up to produce a remarkable book, Katie of the Sonoran Desert (Jackson & […]