I'm a herpetologist by training but a naturalist at heart. My masters thesis is looking into the Panamint alligator lizard, Elgaria panamintina. In particular I'm focusing on identifying its range and testing out a variety of novel techniques which may benefit the field of herpetology as a whole. I post things that interest me and often post updates on what I'm doing in the vertebrate museum, in the field, or in the lab.
You could email ISIS find out which zoos (zoos in europe/EAZA, america/AZA and australia/ZAA) have certain animals. Have a look atisis.org/Pages/f…
I sent them an email, I’m really hoping someone has some because this would be a super cool study that’d be super super helpful to managing the species. :)
I read this really cool paper (free on the internets here, PDF) about how diet (ie gut loaded vs not gut loaded) influences time of reproduction, and clutch size/distribution in an Australian lizard.
Pretty cool stuff, shows that gut loading is indeed important (along with their actual results which are also really interesting- TSD or GSD probably isn’t an accurate sex-determination method for herps, its more complicated.)
I did this using that speed-reading thing I keep posting about (Spreeder)… and I read the 7ish page paper in 10 minutes (at 400wpm). I think I need to test out actually reading a comparable paper and seeing how it compares. The citations made it more difficult… but I had to actually read the methods instead of just skimming them. Also this makes me actually read it in one sitting, so I can’t procrastinate which is a big problem with normal paper/digital publications (especially when its not about herps, I can focus for vertebrate papers… not for plants)
Which to a non herpetologist doesn’t seem like a big deal… the problem?
We don’t have pine snakes in California.
Going to have to check labels when I’m in and update this excel spreadsheet. If the volunteer doesn’t take action soon on the label’s I’m just going to spend a weekend fixing them all. because this is stupid and I really feel for the poor undergrads who are in herpetology with these horribly labeled specimens.
Bonus- we have a very healthy sample size of gopher snakes (yay!)
Totally radical date idea: Common Loon wails, just common loon wails.
But… what about the other loons?
(there’s supposed to be an embedded youtube video above here… but if you click on the little gray box you can watch the video about loon calls)
Either someone was lazy and didn’t proofread this file… or someone legitimately didn’t know how to spell the state of Georgia.
Random literature searches are WAY TOO FUN. Though… I did forget to use the cool Spreeder thing, need to try that out on more science-papers.
Things I was supposed to do:
1) Figure out if any zoos have breeding colonies of Yosemite Toads, Black Toads or other endangered medium-levels-of-bumpy toads.
2) Figure out what herps we have in the collection to see what I need to sample tomorrow/sunday.
Things I did:
1) Read a lot of random papers published by Wildlife Services researchers
2) Read a lot of random Orcinus orca papers
3) Poked around trying to figure out what the ZAA was.
4) Ate a few too many packets of seaweed chips. I wonder how many one needs to eat before overdosing on some property of a seaweed chip. I have at one time eaten almost half a pound and didn’t die… so probably more than I currently have in my possession.