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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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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It Pays To Have A Hard Shell
Jan04

It Pays To Have A Hard Shell

For my time here in South Africa, my main field site is the Ndumo Game Reserve. This place is truly incredible and I feel extremely privileged to have the opportunity to call this wonderful piece of wilderness my “workshop/office” for the next couple of years. On saying that, I feel a bit envious of the people who just get to visit it and explore it at leisure. After only visiting once, I have had to reconsider many of my...

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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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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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