In The Company of (Herpetological) Giants

  Last month I was able to attend the 2013 Joint Meetings of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (JMIH). Hosted in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the surrounding desert punctuated by the Jemez Mountains (home to the endemic Jemez Mountain Salamander) in the background made for a fitting location for scientists studying “Ichs and Herps” to gather. The Joint […]

AZA Snake TAG Meeting in Detroit

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) held the 2013 Herpetology Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) meetings on March 18-21, hosted by the Detroit Zoological Society. These meetings are designed to discuss and review management of our Species Survival Programs (SSP) programs, assess conservation initiatives, and hear new findings in veterinary medicine and captive reproductive technologies. […]

A Week With The Orianne Society

March Intensive, it’s not school, it’s more than that. During the third week in March, Hanover High School students from Hanover, New Hampshire, leave traditional academia and get a snippet of what a real career looks like. The program is certainly not job shadowing because it’s a hands-on, immersive experience that sometimes unveils a student’s […]

Turning a Corner

This year The Orianne Society participated in the 46th Claxton Rattlesnake and Wildlife Festival hosted by the Evans County Wildlife Club in Claxton, Georgia. This was the second year of the event being held as a festival rather than the historical Rattlesnake Roundup, and we were as happy to participate this year as we were […]

“What is a Fly-In?”

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the 2013 Teaming with Wildlife (TWW) Fly-In in Washington DC on March 5-6. I was asked to attend this event due to my participation as a member of the Tennessee Hellbender Recovery Partnership, which was to receive a State Wildlife Action Plan Partnership Award at the final reception […]

A Review of the Indigo Field Season

When an adult Eastern Indigo Snake emerges from a tortoise burrow the smoothness of its movements are nearly imperceptible. I have witnessed this in the field only a few times and it’s incredible. Slowly, the head of the snake appears at the mouth of the burrow; the snake then tongue flicks repeatedly, as if measuring […]

In Praise of Coral Snakes

(This article was previously published in the Spring, 2013 issue of Georgia Backroads Magazine.) This past September, I found an Eastern Coral Snake. I located the little snake, all of one foot long (and almost certainly a yearling), under a decomposing oak log on a vast sand ridge above the Altamaha River. The experience left […]

Indigo Magazine

On March 6th, 2013, The Orianne Society launched its very first online edition of Indigo, our Member Magazine, marking another addition to our Member Services. The magazine, with this issue focusing primarily on southeastern U.S. snakes and habitats, brings readers closer than ever before to these fascinating species and those who seek to conserve them. […]

Pretty Cool (no pun intended)

On a recent cold morning– overnight low of 30 degrees F, windchill at dawn 25–I climbed the remains of an old windrow, a small knoll of earth and pine logs , and spotted a big diamondback from a good twenty feet. It was exciting and unexpected in this cold. Sure, it was sunny, but the […]

Bring On The Longleaf

Longleaf pine once occupied over 90 million acres throughout the Southeastern United States. Imagine tall, majestic stands of trees as far as you can see, dominated by one species, the beautiful longleaf, with a diverse array of grasses occupying the sunny spots between trees. It must have been quite a sight. Unfortunately, due to the […]