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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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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New Author: Cormac Price
Dec09

New Author: Cormac Price

Please join us in welcoming our newest author, Cormac Price! Cormac is based in South Africa and is a PhD Candidate at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa where he focuses on the spatial ecology, population genetics, and conservation of South African freshwater turtles present at Ndumo Game Reserve. He is also  an editor, contributor, and content curator at BioWeb.ie. We’re excited to add Cormac to our great team of...

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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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Gopher Tortoise
Oct03

Gopher Tortoise

The gopher tortoise, Gopherus polyphemus, ranges from the southernmost part of South Carolina to the easternmost part of Louisiana and throughout most of Florida. They grow to be about 12 inches in length (record is 16.375 inches). With a dusky brown/tan coloration, they blend in well with their preferred sandy environment. There are no subspecies of gopher tortoises nor are they likely to be confused with any turtle within their...

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Trapping Pond Turtles
Aug05

Trapping Pond Turtles

Earlier this summer I did a kayaking/pedestrian survey for northwestern pond turtles (Actinemys marmorata) along two rivers in Shasta County in Northern California for work (see previous post). At the beginning of July, my coworker and I went back to the two rivers and performed a trapping survey for the turtles. We set over 100 traps during the five day survey and ended up with over 30 turtles, a handful of invasive American...

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