Steve's Herpetological Blog

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

#StevesLibrary: The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

Many of you will have a passion that satisfies your inner six year-old, something that captivated you as a child and continues to do so to this day. For me, that passion is dinosaurs. As a child I always wanted…

#SciFri: October Project Update

It’s been a while since I posted a project update so I thought now was the perfect time given the grey and gloomy weather, as a way to help distract you from the terrible weather. Unfortunately due to the ongoing…

#SteveReviews: Anaconda – Silent Killer

Few species of snake conjure up nightmarish images like the anaconda, known for it’s large size and potential human-eating behaviour. However these preconceived notions are not founded in any truth, which will hopefully be highlighted in a review I’ve authored…

#SteveReviews: A Life On Our Planet

Despite moving back to Canterbury to find issues with our internet, I’ve been able to watch the new David Attenborough film titled A Life On Our Planet. It’s now available to watch on Netflix after only being available to watch…

#StevesLibrary: The Whispering Land

There is always someone that helps cheer us up in uncertain times, such as those which we are facing. For me, that person is Gerald Durrell. Why is this? Well during the 1970s, Durrell helped to (almost) single-handed change the…

#SteveReviews: Extinction – The Facts

This is something that I haven’t rushed to review simply because given the title of this David Attenborough special, I assumed it would be like preaching to the choir. After sitting down to watch Extinction: The Facts it is clear…

#SciFri: Do reptiles and amphibians hibernate?

We all know that mammals such as squirrels and hedgehogs hibernate for the winter and in the wider landscape of the Northern Hemisphere, other species such as bears are also another group of animals that often come to mind when…

#SteveReviews: My Octopus Teacher

If 2020 has taught us anything, it is to appreciate the positives in life. There has been a vast array of depressing news and I totally understand if it has overwhelmed some people. With this in mind, I was happy…

#StevesLibrary: Buzz

Buzz is one of the many books that I’m thankful to have received from you my readers, for my birthday. I’m slowly catching up with reading and reviewing all of the books that were bought from my Amazon Wish List….

#SciFri: Why do snakes shed their skin?

As someone that studies reptiles and snakes in particular, I’m often asked why reptiles shed their skin. Before I answer that question, let’s take a step back. When some people picture a reptile shedding their skin (also called sloughing), they…