Smooth Turtle Leeches

Few aquatic organisms in freshwater environments elicit such strong negative reactions as a leech. They are gross, slimy, bloodsuckers and they creep people out. For those willing to dig a little deeper into their biology, however, leeches are very fascinating animals. For starters, leeches are hermaphroditic and some provide parental care to their young. Then […]

Lighting a Match- Feb 2019

Snake Diets: A guide to some picky and not so picky snake species native to the Southeast

Some of the southeastern United States’ most beautiful snakes are also some of the hardest to find. During a recent survey of a small creek in southern Georgia, I was fortunate enough to come upon one of the coveted “jewels” of nearly all snake loving herpetologists. As I waded along in the cool water of […]

Fieldnotes- February 2018

In this month’s Fieldnotes, Ben ventures into the Ocmulgee River floodplain to look at the Marbled Salamander, a beautiful denizen of Georgia’s hardwood lowlands.

February 2018 – The start of of Orianne: 2008