The Art of the Western Snowy Plover’s Nest

The Art of the Western Snowy Plover’s Nest

Unlike most beach-nesting shorebirds, the western snowy plover has taken nesting to the level of an art form. I have been monitoring this threatened species during the nesting season as[…..]

One Day in Suzhou for the Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle

One Day in Suzhou for the Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle

With the last remaining breeding pair in captivity, the Yangtze giant softshell turtle Rafetus swinhoei is one of the world’s most critically endangered species. Housed together at China’s Suzhou Zoo,[…..]

Collecting Sperm during Python Challenge

Collecting Sperm during Python Challenge

Unfortunately, there has been so little research done on freezing reptile sperm that there are no guidelines in the scientific literature. So, we have to develop the protocols for ourselves, which requires a great deal of research and a lot of sperm samples.   read more

Drought: Reptiles Don’t Like It, Either!

Drought: Reptiles Don’t Like It, Either!

Last week I saw firsthand how difficult the drought has been on our native snakes. While walking through the coastal sage, I found a large, female red diamond rattlesnake (Crotalus ruber). She was very thin and could barely move.   read more

Catching Rock Iguanas: Easier Said than Done!

Catching Rock Iguanas: Easier Said than Done!

Once we located individuals of interest, we set about stalking them. A number of our team members then attempted to catch iguanas of interest with varying degrees of success. Sometimes the lizards were just too fast and would elude our attempts with ease!   read more