News of the Atlas

Fairly often, the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas is publicized on television, on the radio, in newspapers, magazines, podcasts, videos, and on the web. We are always pleased and grateful when this happens.

To read more about the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas Project or related herptile conservation efforts in Vermont please explore some of the following articles, cited below, to learn more about our activities. Sometimes links offsite expire; please let the webmistress know if this happens. Such links will be made inactive in our citations below. If we have permission, we will provide a reprint instead.

If you’d like to write about us, or discuss herptiles with us, please contact Jim Andrews. We’re always happy to hear from you. Thanks.


Turtle crossings to help endangered species in Vt. Rutland Herald (Janaury 6, 2012).

Turtles on the Roadway need your help. The Brattleboro Reformer (May 27, 2020). Retrieved from,605653 (accessed June 5, 2020).

Andrews, Jim. 2019. Vermont Herp Atlas Fundraiser. Cold Hollow to Canada (Spring 2019). Retrieved from (accessed May 15, 2019).

Associated Press. 2005. Rare snake that was saved found dead. Rutland Herald (November 10, 2005).

Baird, Joel Banner. 2013. Health of Vermont forests depends on regular check-ups. Burlington Free Press (December 20, 2013).


Bodin, Madeline. 2007. In Nature: Gray Treefrog gets second billing. Burlington Free Press (June 22, 2007)

__________. 2007. Why Did the Amphibian Cross the Road? Defenders (82: 3, Summer 2007), 29-29.

__________. 2009. On the Ground: Untangling Ribbon Snakes. Defenders Magazine (84: 2, Summer 2009).

__________. 2013. Can You Help Locate This Snake? On the web at, October 6, 2013 (in print on October 7, 2013, accessed December 2, 2013).

__________. 2013. Have You Seen This Snake? On the web at, October 8, 2013 (accessed October 10, 2013).

Child, Jan Wesner. 2019. Wet Spring Fuels Amphibian Baby Boom in Vermont. The Weather Channel (July 26, 2019). Retrieved from (accessed August 31, 2019).

Clarfield, Larry. 2013. Amphibians Awaken in the Champlain Valley. Blog post on the web at, March 13, 2013 (accessed May 2, 2013).

Dillon, John. 2000. Jim Andrews. Vermont Sunday Magazine (September 17, 2000).

Cotton, Emma. 2023. A sign of spring: Officials warn motorists to mind the migration of frogs and salamanders. VT Digger (accessed April 4, 2023). Retrieved from: (accessed August 18, 2022)

Drummond, Lucy. 2022. Volunteers Bring Vermont Reptile & Amphibian Atlas Entries up to 116,125. ecoNEWS VT (accessed August 18, 2022). Retrieved from: (accessed April 4, 2023)

Faccio, Steve. 2009. Video Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians. Northern Woodlands (March 16, 2009). (accessed April 2, 2009). (Review of DVD)

Fisher, April. 2023. Wildlife you can find in Vermont ponds this spring (May 5, 2023). Burlington Free Press (May 5, 2023).  Retrieved from (accessed May 9, 2023).

Garofalo, Chris. 2009. Vernon Family Finds Rare Snake in Vermont. Brattleboro Reformer (October 12, 2009).

Groff, Luke and Toni Mikula. 2020. Leave native turtles in the wild. VTDigger (May 20, 2020). Retrieved from (accessed June 5, 2020).

Hetherman, Margaret. 2019. Roadblock ahead: Amphibian Crossing. Washington Post (May 12, 2019). Retrieved from https:// national/ health-science/ roadblock-ahead-amphibian-crossing/2019/05/10/1dc8c55a-6d0b-11e9-8f44-e8d8bb1df986_story.html?utm_term=.2d966a4fa51e (accessed May 14, 2019).

Holland, Mary. 2011. Wood Frog. Naturally Curious With Mary Holland (blog) (April 14, 2011), (accessed April 15, 2011)

Howard, Zach. 2011. Mudpuppy salamander fails to make Vermont endangered list. Reuters (October 28, 2011). Retrieved from (accessed December 11, 2017).

Jensen, Dennis. 2020. Jensen Afield: on the Lookout for Turtles. Rutland Herald (May 23, 2020). Retrieved from (accessed June 6, 2020).

Johnson, Tim. 2009. Mudpuppies killed off. Burlington Free Press (October 9, 2009), 1C, 8C.

Larson, Krista. 2005. Rare snake documented in Vermont for first time in 18 years. Rutland Daily Herald (July 12, 2005).

LaPointe, Kelsey. 2011. Courage in Leadership Nominee: Monkton Conservation Commission. Burlington Free Press (April 2, 2011).

Marcy, Darren. 2009. Outdoors VT: DVD features New England’s critters. (April 3, 2009).

Maza, Cristina. 2018. Iran Says Enemies Used Lizards to Spy on Nuclear Program. Newsweek (February 13, 2013). Retrieved from (accessed February 28, 2018)

“The claim that lizards ‘attract atomic waves’ is nothing that I have ever heard of, and it sounds totally bogus to me,” James Andrews, a scientist at the Vermont Amphibion [sic] Atlas, told Newsweek.

Mitchell, Tom. 2009. Rare Snake Discovered in Vernon. Rutland Herald (October 12, 2009).

NEPARC. 2017. “NEPARC Hepetofaunal [sic] Conservation Award.” Northeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation. Retrieved from (accessed September 22, 2017).

Ober, Lauren. 2011. Newt Pursuit: Helping Vermont’s migratory amphibians survive their spring awakening.” Seven Days (April 13, 2011).

Page, Candace. 2005. Rare snake slithers home. Burlington Free Press (October 6, 2005), B1.

__________. 2007. Saving salamanders, one at a time. Burlington Free Press (March 23, 2007), 10A.

__________. 2007. Saving snakes. Burlington Free Press (May 24, 2007).

__________. 2008. Rare Snake Eludes Search. Burlington Free Press (September 26, 2008), 1A.

__________. 2009. New Year’s resolutions for a greener 2010. Burlington Free Press (December 27, 2009).

__________. 2009. Sightings of Milksnakes, Rattlesnake Mimics, Shake Residents. Burlington Free Press (July 9, 2009), 1B-2B. (Online title: Harmless snake scares homeowners).

__________. 2010. Monkton moves to save salamanders. Burlington Free Press (January 14, 2010).

__________. 2010. Rare turtle finds its voice. Burlington Free Press (September 5, 2010), D1.

__________. 2010. State is home to seven turtle species. Burlington Free Press (September 5, 2010), D1.

__________. 2010. The turtle man gives rare hatchlings a fighting chance. Burlington Free Press (September 5, 2010).

__________. 2010. Salamander crossing in Monkton wins $150,000 grant. Burlington Free Press (April 6, 2011).

__________. 2011. Groups join forces to save Vermont rattlesnakes. Burlington Free Press (April 6, 2011).

__________. 2013. In This State: From fields to wetlands, Jim Andrews is the ’herps‘ best friend. Vermont Digger (August 25, 2013). Retrieved from (accessed September 2, 2013).

Porter, Louis. 2006. Hail to the ‘herps’! Vermont Today (December 10, 2006).

__________. 2009. Lampricide kills hundreds of salamanders in Lamoille River. Times Argus (October 9, 2009).

Rathke, Lisa. 2009. Volunteers help salamanders avoid roadway massacre. The Associated Press (April 5, 2009). NPR Morning Edition (has photos) at (accessed April 24, 2009).

__________. 2019 Frog population explodes in region of Vermont. The Sumter Item. (July 28, 2019). Retrieved from,330945 (accessed August 31, 2019)

Roman, Joe. 2005. The Sweet Song of Spring: ‘Ribbit’. The New York Times (May 6, 2005), D8.

Schueller, Gretel H. 2007. Escort Services. Audubon (January/February 2007), 17.

Scribner, George. 2020. Look out for turtles on the roadway. Mountain Times (May 20, 2020). Retrieved from (accessed June 6, 2020).

Shea, Susan. 2014. The skinny on snakes. Bennington Banner (July 21, 2014), (accessed August 18, 2014).

Smith, Patti. 2005. Conservation, Anyone? BEEC News (No. 57: Winter, 2005), 1.

__________. 2005. Snakes Alive! BEEC News (No. 57: Winter, 2005), 13.

Thurston, Jack, 2019. Population leap: frog numbers spike in VT towns. (July 24, 2019). Retrieved from (accessed) August 31, 2019). Includes video and transcript.

Tudish, Catherine. 2021. Jim Andrews and the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas Project. In D. Mance, P. White, & V. Barlow (Eds.), Vermont Almanac: Stories From & For the Land (Volume II), pp. 162-164. For the Land Publishing, Inc.

Turner, Dorie. 2007. ‘Amphibian Ark’ Planned to Save Frogs. (February 15, 2007)

Vermont Fish and Wildlife. 2015. Reptiles and Amphibians Are on the Move. (April 16, 2015) (accessed April 18, 2015).

__________. 2016. Keep an Eye out for Turtles. (May 5, 2016), (accessed May 9, 2016).

__________. 2017. Biologists Seek Input on Snake Sightings. (September 21, 2017). Retrieved from (accessed September 29, 2017).

__________. 2019. Think twice before taking a native turtle home. The Bennington Banner (July 24, 2019). Retrieved from,580327 (accessed August 31, 2019)

__________. 2019. Turtles on the Roadway Need Your Help.(June 17, 2019). Retrieved from (accessed August 31, 2019)

__________. 2020. F&W: Turtles on the Roadway Need Your Help. Saint Albans Messenger (May 18, 2020). Retrieved from (accessed June 5, 2020).

Wertlieb, Mitch and Sam Gale-Rosen. 2019. ‘A Perfect Storm’: Plague Of Frogs Overruns Otter Creek Area. VPR (July 22, 2019). Retrieved from (accessed August 31, 2019). Available as a podcast on the same page.

Whitcomb, K. 2020. Reptile and frog atlas finds funding solutions. The Eagle Times (February 24, 2020). Retrieved from (accessed Mar 5, 2020).

__________. 2020. Help Turtles Cross the Road. Times-Argus (May 18, 2020). Retrieved from (accessed June 5, 2020).


These awards were received by Jim Andrews or the Vermont Reptile & Amphibian Atlas.

Recipient of the Otter Creek Audubon Society’s Silver Feather Award in honor of notable devotion, dedication, and untiring effort given on behalf of the preservation and enjoyment of the natural communities of Addison County. 1997

Recipient of the Paul and Dorothea Stockwell Environmental Award from the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, in recognition of reptile and amphibian research, outreach, education, and advocacy work throughout Vermont. 2005

Distinguished Achievement Award for the course Highways and Habitats, from The Northeast Transportation and Wildlife Conference (with others). 2014

Environmental Excellence Award for the Monkton Amphibian and Wildlife Crossing, from the Federal Highway Administration (with others). 2017

Award for Excellence in Herpetofaunal Conservation, from Northeast Partners Reptile and Amphibian Conservation. 2017

Sally Laughlin Award for the Protection of Threatened and Endangered Species in the state of Vermont, from the Secretary of the VT Agency of Natural Resources. 2019

USDOT, Federal Highway Administration Environmental Excellence Award, for Vermont Highways and Habitats, Road Ecology Training for Transportation Professionals (with others). 2022

Podcasts, Radio, and Videos

Across the Fence. 2014. UVM Herpetology. University of Vermont Extension Service: Across the Fence. (May 14, 2014), (video accessed May 20, 2014).

Albertine, Chris and Franny Bastian. 2016. Amphibian Crossings. Outdoor Radio (radio/podcast) (April 21, 2016). Retrieved from: (accessed June 6, 2016; includes streaming sound, slideshow, and short article).

Andrews, Jim. 2018. Establishing Baseline Distribution Data on Vermont’s Reptiles and Amphibians: The 2018 Maps and Species to Watch. Presented at Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative 2018 annual meeting (video). Retrieved from (accessed Feb 23, 2019).

Bendavid, Ike. 2024. Wildlife Watch: Mild winter has some reptiles, amphibians on the move. WCAX (January 9, 2024). Retrieved from: (accessed January 18, 2024).

Bendavid, Ike. 2023. Wildlife Watch: Is Vermont’s eastern ratsnake population growing?. WCAX (August 8, 2023). Retrieved from: (accessed August 15, 2023).

Bodin, Madeline. 2009. On the Ground: Untangling Ribbon Snakes. Defenders Magazine (84: 2, Summer 2009).

Burlington Free Press. 2023. Frogs, Newts, and More: Vermont Spring Pond Wildlife. Retrieved from (accessed May 9, 2023).

Butler, Bridget. 2012. Drought Tough on Frogs and Salamanders: Breeding Pools Drying Up. News Channel 5

__________. 2013. Monkton Wildlife Crossing Project Closes in on Funding. News Channel 5 (June 14, 2013).

Cengeri, Ric. 2022. Amphibians & Reptiles. Vermont Viewpoint with Ric Cengeri (radio) (April 7, 2022). Retrieved from: (accessed April 28, 2022).

DeVito, Jill. 2023. Autumn snake survey in Addison County, Vermont. Retrieved from (accessed October 24, 2023).

FOX News. 2009. Group helps amphibians avoid certain death by walking them across busy street. (April 8, 2009).

Groom, Carol. 2006. Jim Andrews on Herpetology. At the Crossroads: Environmental and Farming Issues with Carol Groom (June 1, 2006).

Kane, Adam. 2012. Kane: Diving for Turtles. VPR Commentary Series (radio/podcast) (December 4, 2012), site: (accessed March 20, 2013). Listen, read transcript, watch the video, stream MP3, or download MP3

Krupp, Lexi. 2022. More Vermonters are carrying, and counting, amphibians at road crossings during spring migration. Vermont Public Radio (radio) (April 13, 2022). Listen, read transcript, watch video

Lefrak, Mikaela. 2023. Herpetologist in the House: Answers to your Vermont Reptile & Amphibian Questions. Vermont Edition (radio) (April 27, 2023). Retrieved from: (accessed May 2, 2023).

Lindholm, Jane. 2011. Fun With Herpetology: Getting To Know Vermont’s Reptiles And Amphibians. Vermont Edition (radio/podcast) (April 7, 2011). Retrieved from: (accessed May 19, 2011). Stream MP3:, and Download MP3

Lindholm, Jane and Ric Cengeri. 2013. Lifestyles Of The Slimy And The Scaly (Amphibians And Reptiles). Vermont Edition (radio/podcast) (August 23, 2013). Retrieved from: (accessed September 9, 2013). Stream MP3:

__________. 2014. Herpetology Today: What Our Amphibians And Reptiles Are Up To. Vermont Edition (radio/podcast) (April 14, 2014). Retrieved from: (accessed April 14, 2014).

__________. 2018. Herp Walk: Reptiles and Amphibians are on the move! Vermont Edition (radio/podcast) (April 12, 2018). Retrieved from: (accessed April 15, 2018).

__________. 2020. How are Vermont’s Reptiles and Amphibians Weathering a Cold Spring? Vermont Edition (radio/podcast) (May 12, 2020). Retrieved from: (accessed May 19, 2020).

Lindholm, Jane and Matthew F. Smith. 2019. Herps on the Move: Vermont’s Reptiles and Amphibians Navigate A Cold, Wet, Spring. Vermont Edition (radio/podcast) (May 13, 2019). Retrieved from: (accessed June 5, 2019).

Lindholm, Jane and Sam Gale Rosen. 2017. Skinks, Efts, And Underpasses: Herp It Up For Vermont’s Reptiles And Amphibians Vermont Edition (radio/podcast) (August 23, 2017). Retrieved from: (accessed September 23, 2017).

Middlebury Community Television. 2009. Interviews with Jim Andrews. Vibrant Vermonters on MCTV (Spring/Summer, 2009)

NBC5. 2018. Volunteers tally salamanders, escort them to safety. (April 10, 2018) (accessed April 15, 2018)

NBC Today Show. 2022. California aims to save mountain lion population with new animal crossing (April 2, 2022). (Includes special mention of Monkton amphibian underpasses.)  Retrieved from: (accessed April 28, 2022)

Sollberger, Eva. 2017. Spring Amphibian Migration [SIV487] Seven Days: Arts + Life » Stuck In Vermont (video/article) (April 27, 2017). Retrieved from: (accessed September 23, 2017).

Thurston, Jack. 2019. Vt. Researcher Aims to Protect Amphibians From Car Tires, Other Threats. NECN/NBC Boston (video and transcript) (April 24, 2019). Viewed at: (accessed May 15, 2019). Includes video.

University of Vermont. 2014. Jim Andrews presents the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas to the Vermont Monitoring Cooperative Annual Meeting. (accessed January 22, 2015).

Vermont Public Television. 2008. Vermont’s Amphibian Big Night. Outdoor Journal on Vermont Public Television (April 14, 2008), (accessed June 4, 2008)

Viglienzoni, Cat. 2019. Vermont herpetology enthusiast looks for financial help. WCAX (video and transcript) (February 22, 2019). Retrieved from: (accessed March 28, 2019)

____. 2021. Drop in roadkill tied to work-from-home. WCAX (video and article) (accessed November 9, 2021). Retrieved from: (accessed November 9, 2021)

WCAX News. 2014. Spring peepers and other reptiles out for the spring. The :30 (May 16, 2014)

____. 2015. The Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas Project. The :30 (April 21, 2015)

____. 2016. Wildlife Watch: Safer road-crossings for critters. The :30 (May 3, 2016)

____. 2023. Wildlife Watch: Living With Snakes. Retrieved from: (accessed May 9, 2023).