Updates

News, events, and commentary from Jim Andrews and other members of the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian atlas. The most recent posts are shown below; you can find others in our archive.

  • Support the Vermont Herp Atlas in 2020

    https://www.gofundme.com/f/tvfmw-vermont-reptile-and-amphibian-atlas
  • Second Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas Funding Drive Now Starting

    Herpers, last year at this time the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas ran its first public fundraising effort (very successful) for two special projects as well as to continue our long-term research, conservation, education, and outreach efforts. The special projects
  • Hats to support the Atlas

    Announcing the new Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas hats, designed by artist/herper Hannah Thorne! All hats are Adams low-profile, pigment dyed, 100% cotton caps with adjustable leather strap and antique brass buckle, and cool-crown mesh inside. They are one-size-fits-most. The
  • Snakes and Dead Creek Day

    Herpers, this is the time of year to find snakes on the roads when you are out walking, biking, or driving (slowly).  Snakes are now mowing from foraging areas to denning areas on warm sunny fall days and that means
  • Northern Leopard Frog-pocalypse? No, but…

    Over the past week I have received many e-mails, phone calls, and reports of huge numbers of small frogs along the Otter Creek floodplains of Cornwall, Leicester, and Salisbury. Landowners report not wanting to mow their lawns; pool owners have
  • Mama turtles on the move

    Herpers, this Tuesday I drove to Bennington and back and saw three Snapping Turtles and three Painted Turtles crossing the roads. From mid-May through June female turtles are leaving the water and traveling overland to their favorite egg-laying locations. This
  • Event: Cornwall Walk, May 18

    Come for A Walk in the Woods, as we join Jim Andrews for the Follow-up Walk of “Slippery Creatures: Salamanders and Frogs!” We’ll look for vernal pools in the woods, with salamander and frog eggs, as well as see them
  • Herp Activity

    Herpers, with sun and warmer temperatures arriving over the weekend and through yesterday, many of the later-season, warmth-loving reptiles and amphibians became active. Large-bodied snakes like Eastern Ratsnakes and Timber Rattlesnakes were emerging from their dens. Painted Turtles, Northern Map
  • Protecting amphibians (video interview with Jim)

    Enjoy this brief video interview with Jim about conserving amphibians Via NBC Boston at https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local/vt-researcher-aims-to-protect-amphibians-from-car-tires-other-threats/123450/
  • to Herpers: catching up, volunteers for data gaps

    Herpers, reports are pouring in. Thanks for sending them in. I am still about 50 reports behind, so it will take me a while to catch up. Spring has now arrived statewide. A small group of volunteers joined me to