Category: turtles

Herp Update: Metamorphs, First Racer since 2014, Spiny Softshells in Winooski River Delta, Turtles Nesting – June 18, 2024

Recent Herp Activity On a June 11 field trip to Sunderland; Kiley Briggs, Kate Kelly, and I found our first young-of-the-year Wood Frogs. Chris Slesar reported young-of-the-year American Toads in West Haven on June 9. These youngsters were fresh eggs

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Herp Update: Toad Tadpoles, Female Turtles Nesting, Needed Reports – May 30, 2024

Recent Herp Activity We have received the first report of American Toad tadpoles hatched out and on the move.  Kate Kelly reported them in Hinesburg.   At the same time, there are still some American Toads calling and laying eggs.

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Herp Update: Recent Herp Activity – December 29, 2023

There is still some limited and unprecedented herptile activity taking place. Keep your eyes open during this unusually warm and wet weather. Recent Herp Activity Amphibians (and some reptiles) still on the move While working on our Middlebury Christmas Bird

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Herp Update: Amphibians on the move & Fall Calls, Snake Monitoring Video, Non-native Species – October 17, 2023

Recent and Upcoming Herp Activity Amphibians still on the move After my wife mentioned that an Eastern Red-backed Salamander had found its way into her studio yesterday evening, I decided I should run over to our local amphibian crossing hotspot

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Herp Update: Spiny softshells, Concert – September 19, 2023

Recent Herp Activity : Turtles Now that the water is starting to cool down, turtles will be basking more to raise their body temperatures to optimal levels for growth, digestion, healing, and all other bodily functions. We recently received some

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Herp Update: Current Herp Activity – June 29, 2023

Current Herp Activity Calling amphibians Gray Treefrogs are now calling in many areas of the state.  We still need reports of this species from many higher-elevation, central Vermont, and northeastern Vermont towns.  Please do snap a photo or send us

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Herp Update: Current Herp Activity, Vermont Association for Wetland Science, Press–May 30, 2023

Current Herp Activity Over the last two weeks we have received many reports of female turtles on land looking for open, sunny places to dig a nest and lay their eggs.  From now through June you will be seeing many

Herp Update: Education through Press, Current Activity, Snake Hotels — May 10, 2023

Herp Education through the Press Herpers, thanks for all the questions you e-mailed and called in for our segment on the Vermont Edition program of Vermont Public.  The producer and host were impressed with all the interest and we accomplished

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Herp Update: Current Herp Activity, Fundraiser – February 17, 2023

Current Herp Activity Since our last update we have received two reports of single Spotted Salamanders moving over the remaining snow. They originate from opposite ends of the state: Brattleboro and Montgomery. Sightings of winter movement of Spotted Salamanders in

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Herp Update: Historic Snake Reports, Fundraiser – February 7, 2023

Current Herp Activity? I have not received any reports of Vermont reptiles and amphibians moving on the surface so far in February.   This is how it should be for early February. Still we received an unusual report from New

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