Steve's Herpetological Blog

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#SciFri: Venomous caecilians

You may have seen this article (or one like it) at the beginning of the month, which caused a stir among the amphibian research community. As a group caecilians are severely understudied due to their fossorial nature which makes surveying…

#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…

#SciFri: How to spot a predatory journal

As many of you will be aware, I like to write a publish a lot – especially short natural history notes that help to fill gaps in of our knowledge on a particular species or habitat. These tend to be…

#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: Lessons from #BlackBirdersWeek

With the success of #BlackBirdersWeek on Twitter this week, I thought I’d take some time to reflect the lack of diversity within herpetology (at least from my perspective). First off, for those of you that don’t know and without going…

#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: Revenge of the venomous frogs

Something I’ve noticed making the rounds on social media again is the story of venomous frogs, first discovered back in 2015. Yeah you read that right, at a time before the world had started to fall apart/was on fire all…

#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…