Herpetofaunal Habitat Management in Cambridge
Feb14

Herpetofaunal Habitat Management in Cambridge

Winter is the time of year in the UK when most amphibian and reptile habitat management is done. This is the case for pond work if great crested newts (Triturus cristatus) are known to inhabit an area, in order to comply with legislation. In regards to the other species, winter is a good time to carry out work as you’re less likely to disturb them as they shouldn’t really be in the environment (in the case of ponds). As...

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Newt Mortalities On An Urban Cycle Path
Jan18

Newt Mortalities On An Urban Cycle Path

Recently a paper I co-authored with a colleague was published in The Herpetological Bulletin, regarding smooth newt (Lissotriton vulgaris) mortalities on an urban cycle path in central Cambridge. It’s well known that roads can be detrimental to amphibian populations due to collisions with cars but this is the first time that amphibian mortalities have been reported due to collisions with bicycles. I thought I’d take the...

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Venom Day 2016
Dec30

Venom Day 2016

Recently it came to that time of year again that sees me travel from one side of the country to the other. On Friday 9th December, I traveled from Cambridge to Bangor in north-west Wales. Those of you whom will remember my post from last year will know I make this annual migration in order to attend Venom Day. The following day would be Venom Day 2016 and so I planned to arrive with time to spare. On that Friday night I also attended...

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Tracking Non-native Species With Citizen Science
Oct14

Tracking Non-native Species With Citizen Science

In the UK, one of the most widespread non-native species of reptiles is the red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans). The species has been introduced to a number of countries outside of its North American range. In Europe this was fueled in the 90’s by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle craze. The species has no natural predators in the UK and fills a niche occupied by no other semi-aquatic animal. Being voracious predators, the...

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Kota Kinabalu: A Herping Diary
Sep23

Kota Kinabalu: A Herping Diary

The second leg of my Asian herping adventure began in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Malaysia. I would only be here for a week (much like Singapore) but I knew I’d make the most of it. I spent a short amount of time in the city last summer and like every herper that travels, in your downtime you seek out the best herping spots. I, therefore, had a good idea where to find a handful of species, but to satisfy my ever growing tropical...

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