Keeping Rattlesnakes Connected

Conservation biologists have long been concerned about how the growing human footprint will affect vulnerable species. A lot of this focus has been on protecting core habitat and this is obviously very important. But we have learned that simply protecting isolated patches of habitat isn’t always good enough. Isolated populations may be wiped out by […]

More Than Hoped For….

The past month in Highlands County, Florida, has ushered in cool nights with fair weather days. The changing temperatures have signaled some changes in the behavior of the Eastern Indigo Snakes I am radio tracking as part of The Orianne Society’s study on the effects of habitat fragmentation and landscape change on Eastern Indigo population […]

From Fear to Lifelong Dedication

As a child, Dr. Christopher Jenkins, CEO and Executive Director of The Orianne Society, grew up in a fairly rural area of New England, and spent a great deal of time outdoors, but arrived at being a career herpetologist in a unique way. Like most children, he was always interested in everything outdoors, including most […]

Momma’s Boy

I stood motionless in front of the large tortoise burrow apron, my front teeth working my lower lip, pondering the very fresh shed skin of an indigo snake. Stretched its full length, a good couple of meters, the shed seemed to be glued to the ground. Then, under a tight clump of sand live oaks […]

Interview with Carlos Camp

Carlos D. Camp, herpetologist, is a Professor of Biology at Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia. He has been on the faculty at Piedmont College since 1983. Don’t let the homespun, son-of-a-south-Georgia-Baptist pastor persona fool you. Carlos is a scholar of international acclaim, and a teacher/mentor par excellence. Steady research efforts and numerous scientific publications over […]