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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Wildlife Friendly Gardening And Amphibians
Feb13

Wildlife Friendly Gardening And Amphibians

Conservation at home aiding a global protection initiative in your own garden. Unfortunately, most of us know of the impending doom amphibians seem to be facing. For those of us who maybe don’t, here is a sample of the doom which we as individuals can help change for them. Most experts in the field of amphibian conservation now agree that one of the major causes for amphibian decline globally is habitat loss. Urbanisation is...

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Kids Books
Feb06

Kids Books

Last year I was contacted by a representative from Bearport Publishing that wanted to know if I’d be willing to serve as a herpetological consultant on two of their kids books. Of course, I said yes. Bearport Publishing focuses “on topics that appeal to young readers, such as animals, sports heroes, and scary places.” I consulted on two books in their See Them Grow series that currently features six different...

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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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Central Valley Herping
Dec05

Central Valley Herping

Over the last several months during my on going work project in the northern Central Valley (see Herps And Birds and Cali King) I’ve seen a lot of common herp species. Recently, my main job has been checking for and relocating valley gartersnakes (Thamnophis sirtalis fitchi) off the project area. These little cuties love our silt and Animex fencing we have surrounding the work site and I’ve been finding at least one valley...

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Amphibians of SF Bay Area Workshop
Dec02

Amphibians of SF Bay Area Workshop

Two weeks after working in Sonoma County (See Sonoma County Herping) I was back for a workshop. I attended the two-day Amphibians of the San Francisco Bay Area Workshop hosted by the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation. The first day was spent discussing sixteen amphibian species that occur in the SF Bay Area (see Table 1). We went over how to identify each species, the habitats they’re found in, and their ranges. Not all of the...

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