Mapping the Genetic Connectivity of Eastern Indigo Snakes in Central Florida

Written by Javan Bauder   Connectivity is a very important theme in conservation biology and refers to the ability (or lack thereof) of individuals to move among habitats across a landscape. Good connectivity is important for many reasons. For example, if a population goes extinct other individuals can immigrate to the site and restore the […]

Indigo Days December 2017 Recap!

This article is from the perspective of both a staff member, Houston Chandler, and an attendee of Indigo Days, Michael G. Starkey, the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Save the Snakes. From Houston Chandler: This year’s December Indigo Days event began like most others, with members gathering on the Orianne Indigo Snake Preserve early on […]

Six Years Away: Return to the Orianne Indigo Snake Preserve

As I sat on the porch of the bunkhouse watching a logging crew selectively thin a patch of thick pine plantation on my last day at the Orianne Indigo Snake Preserve (OISP) six years ago, I hopefully thought to myself how nice it would be to come back long into the future and see how […]

Photo of the Month: November 2017

November’s photo fo the month comes to us from Cory Verne who snapped this photo of ?? which was inhabiting his son’s Grand Wagoneer! Cory lives in a rural area of Punta Gorda in Southwest Florida. This time of year has been surprisingly wet for this time of year causing there to still be a […]

Indigo Days 2017

This year’s Indigo Days will be December 16th and 17th of 2017, at the Orianne Indigo Snake Preserve in Telfair County, GA. Event participants will get the chance to search for Eastern Indigo Snakes (Drymarchon couperi)—and other reptiles and amphibians who call the Longleaf Pine ecosystem home—in the field alongside our staff. Registration is Closed.

PYNH 11 Recap

  Taken by Alli Scott Written by Houston Chandler The Tennessee River Gorge was carved through the mountains just west of Chattanooga by a wide stretch of the Tennessee River.  It is home to an impressive herpetofaunal assemblage, including many species of salamanders that make the Appalachians famous as a hotspot for salamander diversity.  However, […]

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Fieldnotes With Ben Stegenga: Black Swamp Snake

Dive into “Fieldnotes with Ben Stegenga” for a sneak-peak into the day of an Orianne Field Biologist! Through this series, Ben will share with you his discoveries of the day, methods used to collect data and survey for reptiles and amphibians and discuss interesting facts about the wildlife in the area! For most, a Black […]

The Red-backed Salamander

Story shared by Kiley Briggs Meet the Eastern Red-backed Salamander (Plethodon cinereus). If you’ve ever rolled over a rock or log in a northern New England hardwood forest there is a good chance you’ve already met. If you’re like me and look under almost every rock, log, or piece cover you’re capable of lifting, there’s […]

Lighting A Match With The Orianne Society: Creating Fuel Breaks

Welcome to “Lighting a Match with The Orianne Society!” This is your one-stop-shop for all things land management focused! Land management is an integral part of reptile and amphibian conservation, however, many people often overlook this vital step in conservation. Our staff will take you behind the scenes throughout this series to explain the intricate […]