The Last Dragons: Protecting Hellbenders

As many of you know our largest species of salamander in the U.S., the hellbender, isn’t doing very well. Hellbenders (Eastern Hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis) and the Ozark Hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis bishopi)) have suffered large population declines due to habitat loss and pollution. Recently this beautiful video was released to help inform ...Read More

The NOVA Reptile Expo Experience

Reptile expos are a gathering of the herp enthused to marvel at different species, see the books of the trade, and maybe even buy a new companion. The local expo I go to at least once a year is the Northern Virginia Reptile Expo at Prince William County Fairgrounds. This time around ...Read More

Pollution May Cause Tumors In Sea Turtles

A recent study from scientists at Duke University, the University of Hawaii and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration suggests nitrogen-rich pollution from urban and agricultural runoff in Hawaii may be to blame for lethal tumors in sea turtles. Green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) suffering from the tumor-forming disease fibropapillomatosis (FP) are being ...Read More

Lizards Learn By Watching Others

A new study by researchers from the UK and Hungary has shown that bearded dragons can learn through imitation. Learning through imitation was previously thought to only exist in humans and other advanced primates and a few birds. True imitation is the ability of an individual to copy and understand the behavior ...Read More

Eastern Black Rat Snake (Pantherophis alleghaniensis)

Rat Snakes cover most of the eastern United States and a good portion of the Midwest. The specific species of rat snake this article will be covering is the Eastern Black Rat Snake (Pantherophis alleghaniensis). P. alleghaniensis is the largest snake in Virginia, adults averaging in size to a length of 80 ...Read More

Guest Post: What Bearded Dragon Behaviors Mean

Guest: Richard Jeng Bio: Richard has been raising bearded dragons for over 15 years   What Bearded Dragon Behaviors Mean Throughout the past decade, bearded dragons have become increasingly popular reptile pets, and for good reason. Not only are they very easy to take care of, but they are fascinating creatures with a wide ...Read More

Photography in Wilderness Areas

Recently the United States Forest Service’s new photography restrictions have been in the news. These restrictions seemingly put at risk our ability to show the world what we love and what we are trying to protect. In reality, or at least the expressed intention, of these regulations is to try to keep ...Read More

Moko skink, this curious little lizard with its incredibly long tail.

Field stories out of New Zealand, Part II When looking for lizards or other reptiles, most of them will try to get away when you approach them, but, not always. Once in a while you come across a small curious little creature that seems more interested in you than you are in ...Read More

Lucky Fox Snake

Last weekend while driving to the Cherokee Marsh State Natural Area near Madison, WI my husband and I noticed a car parked in the road near a trail head. The road was just the gravel and dirt road that lead into the main parking area for the natural area. There was light ...Read More

Students Go Frogging in the Netherland – Year Three!

The beginning of June always holds a nice fieldtrip in store for us in one of the most beautiful parts of the Netherlands – Drenthe. This area is patch work of heath lands, grasslands, swamps and beautiful woodlands. All full of creeks, small rivers and important for amphibian lovers like us: ponds! ...Read More