Day 1: Amphibians/Reptiles
Get to know your amphibian and reptile guide today.
Many amphibians (frogs, toads, and salamanders) are in danger of extinction around the world: Reading: “AmphibiaWeb – Worldwide Amphibian Declines”
Turtles and snakes include some of the most common and distinctive reptiles:
Video: “How the Turtle Got Its Shell (PBS)” (9:11)
This is a technical scientific article, so don’t worry about understanding all of it. One of the skills of the naturalist is to be able to get information of interest to you out of scientific papers without necessarily getting bogged down in the rest of the details.
Reading: “Evolution and Function of Pattern Diversity in Snakes (Allen et al 2013)”
Gently tip over logs, look in rock piles, lift the leaf litter—any herps?