Steve's Herpetological Blog

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

Steven Allain

#StevesLibrary: The Secret Life of Fungi

Hopefully by now, you know that I have a fascination for fungi. This has mainly stemmed from the pathogenic species that infect amphibians (such as Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) and reptiles (such as Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola, which I investigated as part of my…

#SteveReviews: Mammals

It is always a cause of celebration when a new Attenborough series lands on the BBC. The latest instalment titled Mammals is an extraordinary testament to the unparalleled beauty and diversity of these animals, as well as demonstrating their ability…

#SteveReviews: Rattled

One thing I will never get tired of is amazing documentaries on reptiles and amphibians. Thankfully, Rattled by The Orianne Society is on of these. In this short, captivating and insightful documentary a spotlight shines on one of the most…

#StevesLibrary: Hacking The Code of Life

This is one of those books that I’ve recommended to a number of people, yet have accidentally forgotten to feature here on my blog. Hacking The Code of Life by Nessa Carey is a captivating exploration into the world of…

#StevesLibrary: Platypus Matters

Regular readers of the blog will know that it isn’t just books on amphibians and reptiles that I read, but all areas of science. It feels like I haven’t produced one of these reviews in forever – apologies for that…

#FeatureFriday: Sea snake conservation

Note: Every now and again I post an invited blog post by a member of the community. This time around it is the turn of Victoria Protheroe, a prolific author from the currently-dormant blog Bioweb. Thanks in advance to James…

#SciFri: Visiting the Horniman Museum

Those of you that follow my blog and read last week’s #SciFri will know that I recently visited the Horniman Museum with an entourage of palaeontologists/dinosaur enthusiasts to visit the new exhibition, Dinosaur rEvolution. I first visited the Museum as…

#SciFri: Dinosaur rEvolution

I recently visited the Horniman Museum and Gardens in South London with some of my friends and colleagues from the TetZooCon world. I remember going to the Horniman Museum as a child, but don’t think I have been back in…

#SciFri: Herpetofauna Workers Meeting 2024

Regular readers of this blog, as well as those in the field will know that the beginning of February is a busy time for herpetologists. It is a time which has historically marked the beginning of the field season, when…

#SteveReviews: Attenborough and the Giant Sea Monster

A new year, a new beginning. This year was no different but it did come with a nice little treat courtesy of the BBC. They blessed us with a new special featuring the incomparable Sir David Attenborough, a man that…