Sand and Scales: Fieldwork in the Mojave Desert

Authored by Ben Stegenga Back in August of 2015, I accepted a job with the Great Basin Institute doing Mojave Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) telemetry and line-distance surveys. I was part of a 15 person crew, and we were stationed at various sites in southern Nevada and California. The surveyors stayed at our main field […]

5 Turtles We Should Be Talking About

Authored by Cody Bliss With approximately 89 species and subspecies of turtles, the United States is awarded the title of having the greatest species richness of turtles in the entire world! Woah, that’s a lot of responsibility, especially when you consider the fact that turtles are currently the single most endangered group of vertebrates in […]

There Are Lots Of Watersnakes But There Are No “Water Moccasins”

Authored by Matt Moore It is obvious that snakes, in general, have an uphill battle in garnering respect from most people. However, not all snakes have it equally as tough in the struggle for acceptance. For example, kingsnakes and Eastern Indigo Snakes are relatively easy to endear to most people because not only are they […]

Orianne In the News

Every so often, The Orianne Society receives an unexpected message from a journalist requesting to visit our headquarters, an “unsuspecting white house on Old Fruit Stand Lane.” A few weeks ago Nick Bowman, from the Gainesville Times, did just that. Here’s what he had to say after his visit. Read the original article at The […]

Lights, Camera, Action! Sharing the Story of the Wood Turtle

Authored by Cody Bliss With a steady hand, the camera remained still as a healthy mixture of black flies and mosquitoes swarmed overhead. We crouched and watched patiently as the bright orange extremities slowly extended in a way that almost resembled the delicate process of a blossoming flower. “Camera A Rolling!” was shouted and resonated […]

Place You’ve Never Herped 10 Recap

Authored by Houston Chandler For Places You’ve Never Herped (PYNH) 10, Orianne Society members and staff ventured down to the Devil’s Garden region of southern Florida. This event provided an opportunity to inventory the herpetofauna of four state-owned properties with members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). These properties were previously poorly […]

Place You’ve Never Herped 10 Recap

Authored by Houston Chandler For Places You’ve Never Herped (PYNH) 10, Orianne Society members and staff ventured down to the Devil’s Garden region of southern Florida. This event provided an opportunity to inventory the herpetofauna of four state-owned properties with members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. These properties were previously poorly surveyed, […]

What is Happening to our Southern Hog-Nosed Snake?

Authored by Matt Moore North America’s Hog-nosed Snakes (genus Heterodon) have always been my favorite snakes since I was a little kid. In fact, the very first snake that I ever caught was a Hog-nosed Snake when I was a small child. This is one of my earliest memories from childhood: it was the early […]

Spotted Turtles and Falling Face First: An interview with Orianne’s, Dirk Stevenson

Authored by Dirk Stevenson and Cody Bliss Cody Bliss (CB): So everybody has their first herping story, what is yours and how did it lead you to become involved in this field? Dirk Stevenson (DS): As a boy growing up in southern Illinois my dad often took me fishing. Invariably, when the angling action was […]

The Beasts Below: My Introduction to Georgia’s River Giant

Authored by Ben Stegenga The Alligator Snapping Turtle. As a kid, it was one of those species that almost didn’t seem real. I remember seeing photos of specimens almost as large as the men that hoisted them, and documentaries that highlighted their worm-like lingual lures, enticing fish to a swift demise. I longed to see […]