Adult Spotted Turtle basking in the afternoon sun – Houston Chandler

Avoiding the Heat: Thermal Environments Experienced by Georgia’s Spotted Turtles

Ectotherms are unable to internally regulate their body temperatures, instead depending on the environment as a source of heat. These animals must either conform to environmental temperatures or thermoregulate to raise body temperatures above environmental temperatures through behavior, physiology, or both. For reptiles, this typically means some type of basking behavior where high body temperatures can be obtained relative to the air temperature.

North America’s Smallest Turtle

Eastern North America is home to one of the most diverse turtle faunas in the world, due in large part to the high number of freshwater turtle species inhabiting this region. This diverse group of turtles displays a wide variety of life histories, body sizes, colors, and preferred habitats. Globally, turtles are one of the […]

Lighting a Match- November 2020

Ben Grunwald, the new land management technician for the Orianne Society, introduces himself. He also explains his contributions and upcoming tasks for Orianne Society.

Smooth Greensnakes: My Most Abundant White Whale.

Ever since childhood I had a fondness for snakes and some of my earliest memories involve watching neighbor kids take a step back as I wrangled small serpents from ditches and rock piles (though I am not sure if my friends were distancing themselves out of fear or an aversion to most snakes’ typical defense: […]

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