Steve's Herpetological Blog

An insight into the life of Steve, his research and the many books he reads

Month: August 2020

#StevesLibrary: Junk DNA

As someone that has completed a formal education on a biology-related topic, I was well aware beforehand that ‘junk DNA’ isn’t just junk. After all, it makes up the majority of our genome (98% of it is junk DNA). That…

#StevesLibrary: Invasive Aliens

In the world of conservation, there are few groups of species that catch my attention and imagination more than invasive species. These are species that have been moved outside of their native range (usually by the agency of humankind) to…

#SciFri: What’s that beeping in my garden?

Picture this. You’ve been sitting in your garden during lockdown or the recent warm spell. Marvellous! Whilst turning the page to the book your reading or taking a sip of wine, you hear a conspicuous beeping sound. At first thought…

#StevesLibrary: The Tyrannosaur Chronicles

Who would have guessed it? Tyrannosaurus rex is my favourite dinosaur. Yes I know how clich√© that sounds but I am a big kid in a tall man’s body don’t forget. It was T. rex that made me fall in…

#SciFri: Do frogs have teeth?

Recently I’ve had a number of conversations with people regarding amphibians (partly whilst recording various podcasts) and one question has been repeatedly asked about frogs. Do they have teeth? Let’s take a quick step back here, we know amphibians evolved…

#SteveReviews: Tiny Creatures

When I opened up Netflix the other evening to see what was available now that I’ve been spending a lot of time streaming from Amazon Prime Video, I was amazed to see a new documentary series titled Tiny Creatures. The…

#StevesLibrary: Dr Tatiana’s Sex Advice to all Creation

Back when completing my Masters Degree, there was an optional afternoon in how to construct arguments for popular science writing. This was held by Olivia Judson (who I hadn’t heard of until that time) but I wish I had. She…

#SteveReviews: The Secret Life of Snakes

You’ll be glad to know that this week’s #SteveReviews is snake themed! It turns out that Amazon Prime Video has a lot more herpetological documentaries that have now been added to my ‘to watch list’. The first of these is…

#StevesLibrary: The Aye-aye and I

The late Gerald Durrell is somewhat of a personal hero of mine, not least because he helped to reshape the course of conservation in the 20th Century along with other figures such as Sir Peter Scott. Unfortunately like most things…