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. If you’d like to receive these e-mails in your inbox as they are published, please e-mail Jim Andrews and request to be added to the Herp Update e-mail list.

  • Annual Report and Fundraiser

    Herpers, a few of you have asked not to receive fundraising messages, but receiving this annual fundraising message is the price you pay for being on my Herp Update e-mail list.  If you would like to be removed from this list,
  • Herp Update: salamander in snow, overwintering treefrog, NBNC Amphibian Road Crossing Program

    Herpers, we have had a couple more reports of Spotted Salamanders moving over the snow.  As I mentioned before, this is usually the result of some sort of disturbance by a fox, coyote, turkey, deer, human, etc.  In a photo
  • Herp Update, January 18, 2020

    Herpers, surprisingly I have received reports of two Wood Turtles, one Spotted Salamander and one Gray Treefrog in the last two weeks.  The Spotted Salamander was reported by Kristine G in Burlington.  She sent a video that showed the poor
  • Herp Update: first report of 2021

    Herpers, our first herp report of the year came in on January 1st from Kiley Briggs and Melanie L who checked in on an overwintering site for Wood Turtles.  He sent a video that showed two or three turtles underneath
  • Still some herps and hats

    Herpers, over the last few days we have received reports of an adult Spotted Salamander moving over the snow in Lyndon (Jim Connor) and an American Toad crossing a road in Cambridge (Zach Cota-Weaver).  Often winter movement is the result
  • Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas e-mail List update + some reptiles

    from an email Jim sent: Folks, I just received a report of a Painted Turtle out yesterday in Fair Haven.  Eastern Red-backed Salamanders were moving two nights ago here in Salisbury, and a Common Gartersnake was seen on the surface
  • Herp Update

    Herpers, with temperatures in the 50’s last night and after an afternoon of rain, once again conditions looked perfect for amphibian migration last night.  Thankfully, most of the amphibians appear to have found their overwintering locations by now.  I went
  • Herp Update : crossing zone results, Mudpuppies

    Herpers, once again conditions were perfect for amphibian movement last night and I have two sets of herp reports to share.  The women of the Kelly family (K, M, and A) checked the North Street crossing area in New Haven
  • Herp Update & Upcoming Gus Speth Presentation

    Herpers, last weekend with the temperatures soaring to 70 F, a variety of reptiles and amphibians were active that are not usually active at this time of year. Late Fall Herp Activity I received reports of Northern Map Turtles and
  • Amphibians still moving in the valley

    Herpers, one of the big advantages of the recent time change is that you can get out and do a nighttime road search before dinner :). I have not heard from anyone else who got out last night, but I