Author: Jim Andrews

Herp Update: August 24 – calls, spiny softshell, peeper challenge

Calls & a Challenge Herpers, the birds and amphibians have almost entirely finished calling and mating for the year and the insects have taken over the singing responsibilities until frost arrives. One amphibian call that is just starting is the

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Herp Update: Aug 7 – spring salamanders, spiny softshells, and a green frog video

Spring Salamanders We have recently spent two days in Sharon trying to find Spring Salamanders in that town. Although we updated records for a variety of other species, we were unable to find any Spring Salamanders. Spring Salamanders are one

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Herp Update: July 30 – field trips, greensnake pigmentation

Herpers, with more and more of us being fully vaccinated, Herp Atlas field trips have begun again in earnest. We have provided three in the past week. We document all the herptiles found on these trips and add them to

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Herp update: July 2 – Swimming with snapping turtles

Herpers, I occasionally receive communications from people nervous about swimming in a pond, lake, or river that has Snapping Turtles in it. I try to reassure them that swimming with snappers is both safe and common. My standard line is

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Herp Update: Jun 28 – Late Calling Frogs

Late Calling Frogs Herpers, although Wood Frogs and Northern Leopard Frogs finished calling weeks ago, some relatively common species such as Gray Treefrogs, American Bullfrogs, and Green Frogs are still calling. However, in addition to the more common species, I

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Herp Update: June 5 – Gray Treefrogs, New Finds

Gray Treefrogs on the move: Herpers, at my home here in Salisbury, I noticed that the Gray Treefrogs had moved to their breeding ponds and were calling last night. During warm humid days spring through fall, you can hear the

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Annual Report and Fundraiser

Herpers, a few of you have asked not to receive fundraising messages, but receiving this annual fundraising message is the price you pay for being on my Herp Update e-mail list.  If you would like to be removed from this list,

Herp Update: salamander in snow, overwintering treefrog, NBNC Amphibian Road Crossing Program

Herpers, we have had a couple more reports of Spotted Salamanders moving over the snow.  As I mentioned before, this is usually the result of some sort of disturbance by a fox, coyote, turkey, deer, human, etc.  In a photo

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Herp Update, January 18, 2021

Herpers, surprisingly I have received reports of two Wood Turtles, one Spotted Salamander and one Gray Treefrog in the last two weeks.  The Spotted Salamander was reported by Kristine G in Burlington.  She sent a video that showed the poor

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Herp Update: first report of 2021

Herpers, our first herp report of the year came in on January 1st from Kiley Briggs and Melanie L who checked in on an overwintering site for Wood Turtles.  He sent a video that showed two or three turtles underneath

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