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

Porcupines: Bark-eating Beasties of the Northern Woods

A few years ago a visitor from South Carolina told me they saw a beaver climbing a tree in the woods behind my house. As much as I’d love to believe arboreal beavers inhabit woodlands around my house in central Vermont, it was highly unlikely. North American porcupines, which are similar in size and shape […]

Imperfect Detection: An important aspect of Eastern Indigo Snake Surveys

The 2017–2018 Eastern Indigo Snake (Drymarchon couperi) survey season is winding down. The majority of surveys will be finished by mid-February, and the snakes will slowly start moving away from sandhills as the weather warms up in late winter and early spring. This annual movement off of sandhills makes a species that is already difficult […]

Marbled Salamander Movements

Two weeks ago I sojourned to a distinct depression in an oak bottomland forest in central Virginia. Now dry as a bone, it looked little different from the surrounding forest—but a few Aprils ago, I had seen clouds of thousands of Marbled Salamander larvae here, in this very spot, when the depression was ponded with […]

Dr. Chris Jenkins Nominated for Indianapolis Prize for Second Time

Authored by Amanda Newsom We are proud to announce that our CEO, Dr. Chris Jenkins, has been selected as a nominee for the 2016 Indianapolis Prize. Created by the Indianapolis Zoo in 2006, the Indianapolis Prize has garnered international precedence and aims to shine light on conservationists who are making extraordinary contributions in their fields. […]

Potential Distribution of Rattlesnakes in Mexico

Authored by Citlalli Edith Esparza-Estrada and José Jesús Sigala-Rodríguez Rattlesnakes are an important part of the biological and cultural diversity of Mexico. It is an easily-recognizable animal, and the evolutionary story of the group points to northern Mexico as the geographical origin. Rattlesnakes are viperid snakes belonging to the subfamily Crotalinae (Ernst y Ernst 2011), […]