Category: snakes

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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Herp Update: Bobbie Summers, Road Search, more – October 31, 2021

Wildlife Hero I am very sad to report that Roberta (Bobbie) Summers passed away last Saturday, October 23rd. Bobbie has been a friend and contributor to the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas since 2005. She has contributed 451 records of

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Herp Update: amphibian and snake activity – October 21, 2021

Amphibian Activity Reports continue to come in reporting fall uphill migration of amphibians. Although I focused on the fall migrations of Eastern Red-backed Salamanders, Blue-spotted Salamanders, and Four-toed Salamanders in one of my previous Herp Updates, the reports include uphill

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Herp Update: Snake covers – October 13, 2021

Artificial Cover for Snakes A common method to survey for snakes is to put out artificial cover in good snake habitat. I have a series of slate “sandwiches” on my property that I have put out to attract snakes and

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Herp Update: Fall Migration for Snakes – October 8, 2021

On sunny and warm fall days another really interesting and dangerous (for them) herp migration takes place. It is the movement of snakes back to their dens. The cool nights and shorter days cue snakes that it is time to

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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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Still some herps and hats

Herpers, over the last few days we have received reports of an adult Spotted Salamander moving over the snow in Lyndon (Jim Connor) and an American Toad crossing a road in Cambridge (Zach Cota-Weaver).  Often winter movement is the result

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Herp Update

Herpers, with temperatures in the 50’s last night and after an afternoon of rain, once again conditions looked perfect for amphibian migration last night.  Thankfully, most of the amphibians appear to have found their overwintering locations by now.  I went

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Herp Update & Upcoming Gus Speth Presentation

Herpers, last weekend with the temperatures soaring to 70 F, a variety of reptiles and amphibians were active that are not usually active at this time of year. Late Fall Herp Activity I received reports of Northern Map Turtles and

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Herp Update: October Herping and Lampricides

Herpers, the widely varying temperatures so far this month have made herp activity hard to predict.  On October 14, I received two reports of Eastern Milksnakes.  Milksnake is a snake I consider to be a heat lover, yet these reports

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