Northwoods Amphibians

I finally made it up to the Northwoods of Wisconsin this summer. The website Welcome to the Northwoods  from Travel Wisconsin  describes the Northwoods as “…home to vast forests, thousands of lakes and the friendliest communities in the state.” This is a pretty good description, though I’d say all the communities in Wisconsin ...Read More

A Blue Green Frog

Recently a coworker from Maine contacted me about a strangely colored frog. This was the second time she had seen this odd coloration in a wild frog and wanted to know more about it. She was able to snap a few photos (see below). It turns out she had found an axanthic ...Read More

This is wrong on so many levels

It started as one of those non-funny jokes. A friend posted this photo on Facebook last Tuesday and tagged me, asking, “How soon until you start getting calls on these, Keith ?”  The answer turned out to be Sunday. That didn’t take long at all, did it. An Ohio State Fair booth ...Read More

Coworkers: Fox Snake and Groundhog

I occasionally monitor for state listed species on construction sites and the other day I was doing some wood turtle monitoring and exclusion fence installation oversight. While the construction crew was on lunch break I strolled around the exclusion fence area to check on the installation progress. I was pestering some black-capped ...Read More

Turtle Dogs 2014

I had the pleasure of joining WDNR to help catch turtles again this year with dogs (see last year’s post for more info). We were looking for ornate box turtle (Terrapene ornata ornata) again and WDNR was able to hire the same trainer as last year, John Rucker. John travels all over the ...Read More

The beauty of island life; chasing lizards on pacific islands.

It’s been a long time since i’ve posted a blog here. Fact is that life is very busy at the moment sorting out all the data and analysing the samples I brought back from my trip to New Zealand (studying salt excretion in coastal skinks).  In the mean time a lot has happened ...Read More

First Time Road Cruising

Whenever I go to new places I always try to sneak in some field herping. I think that’s a characteristic of any herper! I was in west Tennessee for the 4-H state wildlife judging competition with my team June 11th and 12th. The day we got to Hardeman County it was raining ...Read More

A modest proposal

It is a melancholy object to those who walk through this great town or travel in the country, when they see the streets, the roads, and cabin doors, crowded with red eared sliders of the female sex. These mothers, instead of being able to work for their honest livelihood in their native ...Read More

Field Herping in the Smokies

The Great Smoky Mountains- a remarkable place that words cannot describe. It is also well known by herpers as Salamander Capital of the World. Recently I had the opportunity to visit this place for the first time. I’ve always wanted to go there! I love the mountains, humidity, and habitat features of the Smokies- ...Read More

Treefrogs and Toads Calling in Wisconsin

The early summer frog species are now calling in Wisconsin. Most of the spring species have stopped calling but a few like the boreal chorus frogs have stuck around because the weather has been so nice. I recently performed a frog call survey in southern Wisconsin where the American toads (Anaxyrus americanus) ...Read More