A Hot Box of Knowledge
Feb15

A Hot Box of Knowledge

I became a member of the Herpetological Association of Africa (HAA) almost a year ago now, and I can safely say it is one of the most worthwhile memberships I have. Founded in 1965 the HAA is dedicated to the study and conservation of African reptiles and amphibians. I have been working on my freshwater terrapin research here in South Africa for the past year. In that time I have constantly come across the surnames and research...

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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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Common Garter Snake
Jan02

Common Garter Snake

The common garter snake, Thamnophis sirtalis, ranges from coast to coast and from Canada to Texas. There are seven subspecies in eastern and central North America: red-sided garter snake (T. s. parietalis), Chicago garter snake (T. s. semifasciatus), blue-striped garter snake (T. s. similis), eastern garter snake (T. s. sirtalis), Texas garter snake (T. s. annectens), New Mexico garter snake (T. s. dorsalis), and maritime garter snake...

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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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Immersed In The World Of The Crocodile
Dec19

Immersed In The World Of The Crocodile

This May from the 22nd to the 28th, I was extremely fortunate to have attended, all thanks to Professor Downs, the IUCN Crocodile Specialist Group (CSG) 24th working meeting at Kruger National Park in South Africa. For me to attend such a event the term “kid in a candy-shop” comes to mind. There are in total 23 species of crocodile worldwide (the west and central-southern populations of Nile crocodile are sometimes...

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