A Nocturnal Hunt For The “Lions of the Ground”
Feb08

A Nocturnal Hunt For The “Lions of the Ground”

I hope a title like this has gained everyone’s attention! I had been in South Africa for nearly a month, and I won’t get to bogged down in all the details but so far the experience had been fantastic and rewarding in nearly every way! I admit it… this title is a play on words. In my time here so far I must admit I have seen none of “The big 5″(Lion, Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Black/White Rhino and Leopard)...

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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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A Little Christmas Cheer
Dec21

A Little Christmas Cheer

I know I have been absent lately, and I apologize. The demands of running a rescue (40-45 hours a week) and trying to make a living (another 40-45 hours a week) have just had me going crazy. But now things are getting better, time-management-wise, so I should be around a bit more. The Herps Alive Foundation is on pace to adopt out 400 reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates this year, while taking in just over 500!! But more about that...

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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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Sonoma County Herping
Nov30

Sonoma County Herping

Earlier this month I had the pleasure (be it tired and long hours pleasure) of working in Sonoma County. The purpose of my job was to save any California red-legged frogs (CRLF,¬†Rana draytonii) from potentially getting harmed during removal of equipment and supplies at a job site. If we saw a CRLF we were to stop work around the frog and let it move off on it’s own. CRLF are highly protected (see Table 1) and you have to possess...

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Codfish Creek Hike
Oct07

Codfish Creek Hike

Earlier in September Brandon and I went for a hike along the American River and Codfish Creek in the Auburn State Recreation Area in Placer County, CA. The main reason we picked this area was to hike a trail that led to the Codfish Creek Falls because where there are waterfalls there are usually amphibians. Unfortunately, we learned a lesson that day! Waterfalls need, well water, and in the Central Valley and Sierra Foothills...

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