Understanding the Distribution of Suwannee Alligator Snapping Turtles

Alligator snapping turtles are one of, if not the, most impressive reptile species native to the southeastern United States. Adults can reach weights easily exceeding 100 pounds and shell lengths in excess of two and a half feet. A true leviathan when living in relatively small water bodies that characterize much of the eastern portion […]

Creating populations where there are none: A history of efforts to reintroduce Eastern Indigo Snakes

At the beginning of 2020, I gave a presentation on the history of Eastern Indigo Snake conservation at the 9th World Congress of Herpetology. It was a great opportunity to share the extensive work that has gone into stabilizing and protecting indigo snake populations across the southeast with an international audience that knew little about […]

The Status of Ophidiomycosis (Snake Fungal Disease) in Georgia and Beyond

Wildlife diseases have become increasingly prevalent over the last several decades. Chytrid fungus has been linked to dramatic population declines and extinctions in numerous amphibian species, and white nose syndrome has decimated many bat populations in the eastern U.S. Since originally implicated in the decline of a Timber Rattlesnake population (Clark et al. 2011), there […]

Cottonmouth in typical ambush position near the edge of a drift fence – Houston Chandler

The Cottonmouth Myth

There may not be another animal on the planet that receives as much unfounded descriptions of aggression and viciousness as the cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus). It seems that almost everyone in the south has some type of cottonmouth story, whether a first-hand account or a story passed along by a family member or friend. The one […]

Celebrating southeastern wetlands: An unappreciated resource

I have spent countless hours wandering through wetlands in the southeastern Coastal Plain, usually in search of animals that most people will never have the opportunity to observe in their natural environment. Some of the prettiest places that I have stumbled upon can only be accessed by getting your feet wet and exploring off the […]