January 2018 – Welcome to our 10th Year!


While kayaking in a town wetland a couple months ago I noticed a slow-moving trail of bubbles ahead of me. As a herpetologist, I recognized the bubbles as a sign there was a Common Snapping Turtle walking through the debris at the wetland bottom, so I decided to follow the bubble trail toward shallower water […]

Snake Diets: A guide to some picky and not so picky snake species native to the Southeast

Some of the southeastern United States’ most beautiful snakes are also some of the hardest to find. During a recent survey of a small creek in southern Georgia, I was fortunate enough to come upon one of the coveted “jewels” of nearly all snake loving herpetologists. As I waded along in the cool water of […]

Eastern Newts

As the first face of the forest highlighted in this blog, I thought it prudent to introduce one of the most recognizable members of forested landscapes and one that ties together both terrestrial and aquatic habitats. Most people reading this will have some familiarity with Eastern Newts (also called Red-spotted Newts), especially the terrestrial juveniles […]

Photo of the Month: October 2017

I took this photo in my backyard in rural Bulloch County, Georgia. I’m a nature photography hobbyist. I post my photos on my personal Facebook page and on my Twitter at www.twitter.com/eddieledbetter. Eddie Ledbetter

Will That Snake Bite Me?

Three herpetologists native to Georgia recently indulged in an interesting exercise. John Jensen, Herpetologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Carlos Camp, Professor of Biology at Piedmont College in Demorest, and myself enjoyed a roundtable discussion wherein we tallied the nonvenomous snake species indigenous to the southeastern United States that are prone to bite […]