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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: 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, Amphibians of Vermont Pocket Guide – April 15, 2023

Current Herp Activity Herpers, this has been an unusual spring for amphibian migration.  Here in the Lake Champlain Basin we had early migration of good numbers of Wood Frogs, and Blue-spotted, Spotted, and Four-toed Salamanders and then it dried out

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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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Herp Update: Current Herp Activity, Fundraiser, Eastern Musk Turtle – January 28, 2023

Current Herp Activity Now that more seasonal weather has finally arrived, reports have slowed to a trickle.  Just last week though we did have a report of a Common Gartersnake moving (slowly) underwater in a small stream.  We have received three winter

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Herp Update: Fall turtles, Field trip with salamanders, Concert—September 19, 2022

Baby Snapping Turtle emerging from nest. PHoto by Pat Perry and used with permission.

Recent Herp Activity We have received quite a few reports of baby Snapping Turtles emerging over the last week (see the Pat Perry photo).  Snapping Turtles emerge from their underground nests in the fall of the same year that the

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Herp Update: Map turtle mystery; fall frog calls; bullfrog gape — September 2, 2022

Herpers, it has been too long since I sent out an update. Here in the office we have been really busy keeping up with the records that are being sent in by others (~375 during July and August) and those

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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: 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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