Fieldnotes- June 2019

Ephemeral wetlands are important for many southeastern amphibians, but they also serve an important role in the life histories of many snakes and turtles. This month Ben recounts some observations he made during Spotted Turtle surveys and explains how annual wetland drying can really benefit some southeastern reptiles.

Six years of Spotted Turtle Monitoring

We recently wrapped up our sixth consecutive year surveying for Spotted Turtles (Clemmys guttata) in Georgia. This year was exceptionally challenging with dry conditions hampering survey efforts in late April and May. Many wetlands favored by Spotted Turtles were completely dry well before the end of the sampling season. A stark contrast to last season […]

Miranda’s Second Chance

Roads are bad news for turtles, especially during the late spring when most turtles leave the water to lay their eggs. For species that forage on land, such as Wood Turtles, the problem is far worse. During the summer, Wood Turtles roam fertile floodplains in search of food, sometimes ending up more than several thousand […]

Lighting a Match- May 2019

Coral Snakes and their Mimics

Show someone from the southeastern U.S. a red, black, and yellow (or white) banded snake and a large portion of them will recite some version of the well-known rhyme meant to help distinguish Eastern Coral Snakes (Micrurus fulvius) from species with a similar appearance. Red on yellow kill a fellow. Red on black friend of […]