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Recent Articles

Fieldnotes- July 2021

Ben Stegenga introduces us to a new project that he’s been working on and building in the field.

Photo of the Month: July 2021

This month’s photo was taken by Dr. Christopher Jenkins – a black morph Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus).

County Records and Range Maps

County record Eastern Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum) from Telfair Co., Georgia – Houston Chandler Open any field guide or book with species accounts and you are likely to see some type of range map that broadly delineates the geographic distribution of a species. While a seemingly basic concept, identifying species ranges is often challenging, and […]

What is the Difference Between Turtles and Tortoises? Frogs and Toads? Newts and Salamanders?

One of the questions I am asked most often during presentations and workshops is, “what is the difference between a turtle and a tortoise?” Or for that matter, what is the difference between frogs and toads, and newts vs. salamanders? These questions are sort of like being asked what the difference is between sports and […]

Are Snapping Turtles Dangerous?

So you just found a Snapping Turtle by your home and want to know if it will be a problem for you, your kids, and your pets. You are not alone! Every spring and summer I receive several inquiries from people in my area asking if I can relocate a Snapping Turtle out of a […]