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Photo of the Month: October

Southern Hognose Snakes: Conservation for data-deficient species

            As the days shorten and the nights get cooler, many species become more active, searching for mates, trying to find one last meal before winter, or moving into overwintering habitat. This includes the Southern Hognose Snake (Heterodon simus) that can occasionally be found crossing sandy roads on cool fall days. Inhabiting areas with xeric, […]

Lighting a Match- October 2020

Filling the Void: Public Outreach in the Year of Social Distancing.

I am very thankful that due to the nature of our Wood Turtle conservation program and the low Covid-19 positivity rate in Vermont, our field work in the Great Northern Forests was able to move forward without the need to make substantial operational changes (although the first few weeks were touch-and-go to say the least). […]

Understanding the Distribution of Suwannee Alligator Snapping Turtles

Alligator snapping turtles are one of, if not the, most impressive reptile species native to the southeastern United States. Adults can reach weights easily exceeding 100 pounds and shell lengths in excess of two and a half feet. A true leviathan when living in relatively small water bodies that characterize much of the eastern portion […]