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 […]