Steve's Herpetological Blog

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

Reptiles

#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…

#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…

#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…

#SciFri: A look back on World Snake Day

For those of you that don’t happen to have a passion for herpetology or to be working with snakes, you may not have realised it but yesterday was World Snake Day. Now some readers may ask, “What’s the point of…

#SciFri: July Project Update

If you haven’t been keeping an eye on my social media accounts, I have some good news for you all. I’ve finally been given the permission to get out in the field and catch some grass snakes! I’m extremely grateful…

#SteveReviews: Into The Forest

First off, apologies for the patchy frequency of blog posts recently. I have only just returned to the field and I had a mad period of getting ready to get back out and chase snakes. I’ll tell you more about…

#SciFri: Colour polymorphisms in amphibians and reptiles

Field guides are a great way to identify wildlife whether it be in the field or from photographs. I have a large number of them that make up the core of my reference library for countries I’ve visited or I’m…

#SciFri: Snakes and coronavirus

I remember the day well, it was late January and I’d just got into the office and fired up my desktop. I do what I always do once I arrive, grab a cuppa and then check my email inbox and…

#SciFri: Where should I report any herpetofauna I’ve seen?

Picture this, you’ve been out and about in the woods walking your dog and whilst bending down to pick up the stick your furry friend has become fond of, you spot a frog. What do you do with this casual…

#SciFri: Special issue on emerging diseases and infections in herpetofauna

As many of you will be aware, we are experiencing unprecedented declines in biodiversity globally in an event that biologists have named the sixth mass extinction. The two biggest obstacles facing the natural world are habitat loss and anthropogenic environment…