Category: reptiles

Herp Update: Moving Snappers, Herp Activity, & Concert—July 29, 2022

male American Bullfrog showing yellow throat and swollen thumbs, held face facing camera in a human hand

Our latest video: Moving Snapping Turtles We had been looking for an opportunity to show on video what we feel is the safest way to move larger Snapping Turtles. While doing a herp survey on a piece of St. Michael’s

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Herp Update: videos, snake hotels, ratsnake, vernal pools—July 12, 2022

New herp videos available Our Herp Atlas videographer and editor Matt Gorton has posted a couple more of our short videos on YouTube. Snake Hotels Putting out artificial cover is a time-honored method of survey and monitoring for snakes. Many

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Herp Update: Turtle activity, documentation needed —May 16, 2022

Recent Turtle Activity and Needed Photo-documentation Herpers, I am now receiving reports of Snapping Turtle and Painted Turtle females on land looking for suitable open and sunny egg-laying locations. Nest sites are often in yards, gardens, compost piles, and sometimes

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Herp Update: recent activity — May 5, 2022

Recent Activity Last weekend was a field trip weekend for my Conservation of Vermont Reptiles course that I am teaching through Hogback Community College in Bristol (non-credit non-graded courses, for more info see https://familyforests.org/past-hogback-community-college-courses/). The weather was cool to cold

Herp Update: migration starts, vacation – March 20, 2022

Amphibian migrations have started Herpers, I just returned from a warm southerly vacation to find that temperatures in Vermont were just as warm, at least temporarily. So, I have been scrambling to get caught up. The warm weather at the

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Herp Update: Field Trip Winner, Cellamanders, Exotics – March 1, 2022

Field Trip Winner One of the promotional gifts during our annual fundraiser is entering anyone who contributes $200 to $999 in a drawing for a free herp field trip in Vermont for them and up to ten friends. Yesterday, I

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Herp Update: Critical Habitat Protection – February 11, 2022

Spiny Shoftshell turtle basking on a barkless log, in the sun. Photo copyright Josh Lincoln and used with permisson.

Protection of Critical Habitat Herpers, as of this week, the state of Vermont has for the first time designated specific areas of habitat as critical habitat to be protected for two state-listed species. This has been in the works for

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Herp Update: Upcoming Presentation on VT Snakes — January 18, 2022

Eastern Milksnake (Lampropeltis triangulum) eating another Eastern Milksnake

Upcoming Presentation Herpers, Green Mountain Audubon Society has arranged for me to give an online Powerpoint presentation on Vermont snakes this Thursday, January 20th at 6:30 PM. The presentation is free and open to the public. If you would like

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Herp Update: Musk Turtle, Herp Activity, Fundraiser – November 18, 2021

Eastern Musk Turtle Friend and conservation ally Sue Morse of Keeping Track sent the photo below of a tiny hatchling Eastern Musk Turtle. She was out searching for turtles with Dean B who took her to Niquette Bay in Colchester.

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Herp Update: Migration likely, Fundraiser, Reports – November 12, 2021

Amphibian Migration Tomorrow (Saturday Night) Herpers, looking at the weather forecast for much of Vermont, it looks like tomorrow evening may generate some late-season amphibian migration. Since it is a Saturday and it is getting dark early, you could even

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