Reptilian Adventures

Hello Wandering Herpers, It has been almost two years since I have posted to the Wandering Herpetologist. I apologize for that oversight but as we all know the river of life sometimes washes you away in its current but I am happy to say that the river I was swept away in was ...Read More

Book Review: Venomous Snakes and Their Mimics

I recently read U.S. Guide to Venomous Snakes and Their Mimics by Scott Shupe. This book offers a lot of useful information about venomous snakes and provides examples of nonvenomous mimics. The book is also filled with first-hand encounters by the author with the majority of the venomous species either in the field ...Read More

Adopt-A-Salamander Fundraiser Ends

Well after 2 years and 4 months we are shutting down our Adopt-A-Salamander fundraiser. This fundraiser was set up to help the Reptile, Amphibian, and Fish Conservation Netherlands (RAVON) SOS Vuursalamander program. SOSVuursalamander established breeding and captive facilities  to save fire salamanders (Salamandra salamandra terrestris) that were suffering massive declines in the Netherlands from the newly ...Read More

Snake Humor

Here’s some snake humor to help you start off your workday!     ...Read More

Archelosauria: Turtles, Crocodiles, Dinosaurs, and Birds

A recent study using new genetic sequencing techniques, called Ultra Conserved Elements (UCE), has reconstructed the “tree of life” for turtles. The new tree places turtles within the newly created group called Archelosauria that includes turtles, crocodiles, dinosaurs, and birds. This new group may be the largest vertebrate group “to ever receive a ...Read More

New paper on Nicaraguan herpetofauna in Mesoamerican Herpetology!

In 2011 Carlijn Laurijssens and I conducted research on the presence of chytrid (caused by Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) and Rana virus in amphibian populations at two locations in Nicaragua (the Island Ometepe in Lago de Nicaragua and the volcano Mombacho). On the beautiful fresh water Island of Ometepe we found a Rana virus ...Read More

Winter herping 2015!

Even though it is still winter here in the Netherlands we headed out today to go out in the field. We are having a very mild winter and the odd amphibian can sometimes still be found. For next season we are preparing several excursion for research/monitoring of amphibians in it Aamsveen, Overijssel. ...Read More

Using DNA To Determine Species Of Snakebites

A new, interesting study could help save lives of snakebite victims by using DNA. During the study, which was conducted at three medical facilities in Nepal, researchers were able to correctly identify the snake species responsible for a bite 100% of the time with a DNA swab of the bite area. The ...Read More

Green Salamander Egg Development

This last summer I monitored about 25 Green Salamander (Aneides aeneus) egg nests in a western North Carolina state park. Usually, Greens lay their eggs two or more inches inside a rock crevice making observation fairly easy but photography difficult to impossible. But this year on June 13 I found a gravid ...Read More

From the Reptile Room: Plated Lizards

Gladiator, the rough-scaled plated lizard, is one of my favorite lizards that I have in my reptile room. I enjoy keeping a few of the lesser-kept reptile species and Gladiator is certainly unique! Unfortunately, information about plated lizards is scattered and scarce. Few people keep them, and even fewer breed them in captivity so finding adequate information ...Read More