Category: herping

Mama turtles on the move

Herpers, this Tuesday I drove to Bennington and back and saw three Snapping Turtles and three Painted Turtles crossing the roads. From mid-May through June female turtles are leaving the water and traveling overland to their favorite egg-laying locations. This

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Herp Activity

Herpers, with sun and warmer temperatures arriving over the weekend and through yesterday, many of the later-season, warmth-loving reptiles and amphibians became active. Large-bodied snakes like Eastern Ratsnakes and Timber Rattlesnakes were emerging from their dens. Painted Turtles, Northern Map

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to Herpers: catching up, volunteers for data gaps

Herpers, reports are pouring in. Thanks for sending them in. I am still about 50 reports behind, so it will take me a while to catch up. Spring has now arrived statewide. A small group of volunteers joined me to

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to Herpers: Spring Amphibian Migration

Herpers, reports coming in from last night reflect what we had suspected: most of the early amphibian migration to wetlands in the Lake Champlain Basin has ended and Steve Parren and others report the earliest breeders (Blue-spotted Salamanders and Wood

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to Herpers: Spring amphibian migration and a couple requests

Herpers, the forecast for this Friday night currently looks good for amphibian migration and if the temperatures really stay in the 60’s as forecast, we might see Gray Treefrogs and American Toads moving in the valley. Of course back up

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to Herpers: Amphibian Migration

Herpers, here in Salisbury we hosted one of our public education nights on Morgan Road last night. We had 43 people on site and monitored and moved amphibians for two hours from 8 AM to 10 AM. Despite the conditions

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to Herpers: Amphibians and Reptile Activity

Herpers, there was lots of activity last night and I am still working through all the reports. I received reports from Alburgh south to Brandon and east to Northfield. The species list is extensive: Jefferson, Blue-spotted, Spotted, Four-toed, and Eastern

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to Herpers: Your Assignment

Okay herpers, conditions for amphibian migration tomorrow night in the Lake Champlain Basin and other lowland areas of Vermont look almost perfect. It is now time for each and every one of you to contribute some useful information in return

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to Herpers: spermatophores and good weather coming

Herpers, I received a few reports of full Wood Frog choruses yesterday afternoon and a couple folks have seen spermatophores but almost no-one has reported any egg-masses yet. There probably will be some migration tonight if it rains in your

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to Herpers: outlook for migration

Herpers, today’s rains have ended here in Salisbury and it is questionable whether we will see any more showers. Still I think there will be some amphibian migration here in the Lake Champlain Basin tonight. Last night on my drive

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