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Fieldnotes- June 2020

Have you been wondering just how we’re able to find Spotted Turtle nests in the wild? Join Ben this month for a look at a very simple, yet effective research technique that has allowed us to learn a lot about Spotted Turtle movement and reproduction

Cottonmouth in typical ambush position near the edge of a drift fence – Houston Chandler

The Cottonmouth Myth

There may not be another animal on the planet that receives as much unfounded descriptions of aggression and viciousness as the cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus). It seems that almost everyone in the south has some type of cottonmouth story, whether a first-hand account or a story passed along by a family member or friend. The one […]

Why Turtles Cross Roads and How to Help

This is a perilous time of year for turtles. Year after year in late spring, female turtles haul themselves up out of their lakes, ponds, and wetlands to find a place to nest on land. Many of those turtles will cross roads in the process, and some will not make it to the other side. […]

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Fieldnotes- May 2020

The Spotted Turtle nesting season is underway in Georgia, and an important component of our current research is taking females to get x-rays a couple times throughout the duration of the project. This lets us know which turtles are gravid and how many eggs they’re carrying. Check out this month’s episode of Fieldnotes to get […]