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Herp Update: Northeast Kingdom; Mink Frogs, Gray Treefrogs — June 28, 2022

Herps in the Northeast Kingdom (NEK) My assistant Matt Gorton and I recently took a trip to the Northeast Kingdom (NEK) to try to fill in some distribution gaps in Avery’s Gore and Averill. As of the 2020 census, Avery’s

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Herp Update: Recent Herp Activity — May 25, 2022

Recent Herp Activity Along with the many choruses of Gray Treefrogs that people have been reporting, the extremely warm weather toward the end of last week even motivated a few American Bullfrogs to call here in the Lake Champlain Valley.

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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: data gaps, Hinesburg first, PARC Amphibian week — April 19, 2022

Help us fill in some data gaps for very common species Herpers, we have some embarrassing gaps in our database and maps. There is still one town in Vermont where no one has ever reported a Wood Frog. They are

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Herp Update: migration expected, reports, hormones — April 6, 2022

Wood frog (L. sylvaticus) amplexing a Spotted Salamander (A. maculatum). Photo by Ashley Bray and used with permission.

Amphibian Migration Expected Tomorrow Night (Thursday) Herpers, the forecast for tomorrow night (Thursday) looks excellent for amphibian migration. Please take a look at our list of common amphibians that still need to be documented from your town. Just type in

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Herp Update: Fall Movement of Snapping Turtles – October 5, 2021

One type of fall movement of reptiles is the emergence of baby Snapping Turtles (see Pat Perry’s photo below) from their underground nests. Our other common turtle, the Painted Turtle, lays eggs at about the same time in the spring

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Stream Salamander in Norwich, and Video

Much of the field work we have done this summer has been focused on filling in distribution gaps for Vermont’s three stream or “saturated soil” salamanders.  Part of the reason for this is that these species are only rarely reported

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Successful Herp Survey in the Northeast Kingdom

Herpers, this past Friday Matt Gorton, Kate Kelly, and I made a hike into Warners Grant near the Canadian border to locate and photograph reptiles and amphibians. Warners Grant has long been the least surveyed area of Vermont as far

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More on the Rough-skinned Newt and the American Bullfrog and other herp news

Folks, that last video of the American Bullfrog and Rough-skinned Newt was taken out west, not in Vermont. Some further details from Kiley Briggs: “in addition to the Rough-skinned Newt being highly toxic, American Bullfrogs are an invasive species out

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Newt and American Bullfrog

Herpers, Kiley Briggs forwarded this.  It is not our newt.  It looks like a Rough-skinned Newt from out west.  They are more toxic than our Eastern Newts. Matt Gorton and I were doing some herp survey in Fairfax yesterday.  We

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