The Big Four of Turtle Conservation

If you like turtles, as most of us do, we would like to tell you about four species in urgent need of our help. Wood Turtles, Bog Turtles, Blanding’s Turtles, and Spotted Turtles are all in sharp decline, and to us, they are the Big Four of Turtle Conservation in the Northeastern United States. Although […]

Dekay’s Brownsnake: One of America’s most Misidentified Snakes

The Brownsnake is a harmless snake common in the Eastern United States, but their secretive nature means few people ever see one, or know what they are.

What is the Difference Between Turtles and Tortoises? Frogs and Toads? Newts and Salamanders?

One of the questions I am asked most often during presentations and workshops is, “what is the difference between a turtle and a tortoise?” Or for that matter, what is the difference between frogs and toads, and newts vs. salamanders? These questions are sort of like being asked what the difference is between sports and […]

Are Snapping Turtles Dangerous?

So you just found a Snapping Turtle by your home and want to know if it will be a problem for you, your kids, and your pets. You are not alone! Every spring and summer I receive several inquiries from people in my area asking if I can relocate a Snapping Turtle out of a […]

The Mystery of Vermont’s Box Turtles

Throughout much of the United States, Box Turtles are the turtle people are most familiar with. As a completely terrestrial species that can live in and around residential developments, people have a chance to see them throughout the entire warm season, not just in the spring when aquatic turtles venture onto land to lay eggs, […]