On Snails and Slugs: A Wood Turtle’s Perspective

Years ago when I first encountered a Wood Turtle with a viscous brown goo oozing out of its mouth I thought something was wrong. Generally speaking, whenever a turtle has a runny nose, eyes, or slime coming from its mouth it is bad news, and a disease pathologist I sent some pictures to suggested the […]

Spotted, Blanding’s, and Wood Turtle Conservation Symposium: Bringing Together Partners to Push Conservation Forward

            On a chilly day in early November, I plunged into a cold, shallow stream in search of a turtle that had previously eluded me – the Wood Turtle (Glyptemys insculpta). Wood Turtles are a fascinating species that spend part of their time on land and part of their time in streams and rivers. Wood […]

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 […]

October: Photo of the Month

A Boyd’s Forest Dragon (Hypsilurus boydii) from northeastern Queensland, Australia. These lizards inhabit tropical rain-forests, spending a majority of their time perched vertically on tree trunks. Their excellent camouflage helps them avoid potential predators.