Our Newest Salamander: Saramander

Please help us welcome our newest adopted fire salamander, Saramander!  Saramander was adopted through RAVON to support their SOS Vuursalamander program. SOS Vuursalamander is a breeding and captive facilities program designed to save fire salamanders (Salamandra salamandra) in the Netherlands that recently suffered a massive population decline due to the newly discovered salamander chytrid ...Read More

Coming out of our winter dens…

Serpent Encounters has come out of their winter dens and we are slithering into an exciting new year in middle Tennessee. If we can keep this momentum going it will be an epic year for finding and photographing snakes and other critters. A couple weeks ago, Daniel and Lisa made a trip ...Read More

The Green Dream Team

Our local western North Carolina reptiles and amphibians are now coming out of hibernation so on April 4 Lori Williams, a state Wildlife Resources Commission Mountain Wildlife Diversity Biologist brought us together to look for Green Salamanders (Aneides aeneus), Crevice Salamanders (Plethodon longicrus) and the Blue Ridge Gray-cheeked (Plethodon amplus) on a ...Read More

Creating the perfect environment for aquatic turtles

Turtles are remarkable animals and they’re becoming increasingly popular with animal lovers across the globe. While it’s illegal to buy or sell any turtle under 4” except for scientific, research or educational purposes thousands of these animals are still distributed every year, using various tricks to get around the law.  Most states ...Read More

The Field Museum: Herp Conservation Research

This is the fifth and last post in The Field Museum series.  The museum is not only a collection of fascinating exhibits it is also involved in conservation based research all over the world.  Their research encompasses mammals, herps, birds, invertebrates, plants, and much more.  A few explains of their reptile and ...Read More

“Knock, knock” “Who is it?”

The night of March 29th was rainy and humid – perfect when herping for amphibians! If you are lucky, you don’t even have to leave your yard to find some herps – they’ll come right up to your door! My mom had called our family over to the front door to show ...Read More

The Field Museum: Herp Fossils

This is the fourth post in The Field Museum series.  The museum had a nice display of reptile and amphibian fossil exhibits with the prize exhibit being the world-famous Tyrannosaurus rex, Sue.  Sue is the “..largest, best-preserved, and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever found. Sue measures 42 feet long from snout to tail and 13 ...Read More

Salamanders Sequester Carbon

Salamanders to the rescue! A recent study explores the role of salamanders in carbon sequestering in forests. Researchers found salamanders in a forest help increase the amount of carbon that makes it into the soil instead of into the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas. Salamanders are the most abundant vertebrates in North ...Read More

Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake Sighting

It was a beautiful Monday morning, so I decided to go road cruising to start my day off. As I was driving I slowed down to look down this trail with a old barn down it. While I was looking I see a really big shadow and it started moving! About that ...Read More

Wandering through March Madness

    This time of year, even non-basketball fans start focusing on a little thing known as March Madness. They argue that their school’s team is better than their friend’s team. They wait for the Davids to slay the Goliaths in an upset. They try to predict the winners by filling in ...Read More