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Fieldnotes: November 2019

October was a slow month for fieldwork for the Longleaf Savannas team, so in this month’s episode, Ben shares a highlight reel from a recent field herping trip to southern Arizona. A special thank you to David Hutto and Chance Feimster for providing additional photographs and video.

Lighting a Match- November 2019

Hunting for Salamanders in the southern Appalachians

On a cool morning in early October, we set out with a group of Orianne Society members to search for reptiles and amphibians in the north Georgia mountains. This marked the start of Places You’ve Never Herped 14. We have been taking Orianne Society members on field herping expeditions annually since 2012, traveling to places […]

Photo of the Month: November

With winter seemingly in full force in the Great Northern Forests it is likely to be at least four months before reptiles and amphibians are out again in large numbers in the Great Northern Forests. For many, a Blue-spotted Salamander (Ambystoma laterale) such as this one will be the first species they see next spring, […]

On Myths and Milksnakes

One of the most common, yet misidentified, snakes in Northern New England is the Eastern Milksnake. Unlike species such as Northern Watersnakes, which are often confused for similarly-patterned Copperheads or Cottonmouths, the Milksnake is mistaken not only for Timber Rattlesnakes, but also another venomous species that doesn’t actually exist: the “checkered” or “spotted adder”. Early […]