Field Herping

Frogs Of Australia App For iOS Now Available

Scientists with James Cook University in Australian have developed an app for Apple’s IOS that quickly identifies a frog species based on its call. The app, Frogs of Australia, enables you to record a call while out herping with the…

Herping Bolivia's Madidi National Park

Nestled in Bolivia’s northwestern region, Madidi National Park boasts a staggering diversity of flora and fauna, occurring in nearly 2 million hectares of primary forests. It is touted by renowned organizations, such as Conservation International, Wildlife Conservation Society and National…

Herping The Little Grass Frog

The tiny little grass frog (Limnaoedus ocularis) is indeed tiny. About a half-dozen can fit on a quarter, and one can rest quite peacefully on your fingernail if it chose to do so. Also despite being so minute they do…

A Visit To Indonesia's Komodo National Park

I felt like Humphrey Bogart in "The African Queen" as our boat chugged up the chocolate-brown river, though we were in Borneo and not Africa. Not sure what to expect, we kept a close eye on the riverbanks and trees for…

Motorbiking to Botswana's Reptiles

Two wheels allow herping in areas that four wheels can’t go. Botswana may be landlocked, with an interior comprised mostly of the Kalahari Desert, but that has not stopped this country from being colonized by more than 150 species of reptiles…

Herping for Venomous Snakes in Uganda

"After only a few minutes of searching, we found a Gaboon viper! The sheer joy of fulfilling one of my dreams was almost indescribable. I wasn’t far from tears when I saw her. Emotion overwhelmed me, I had feelings which are so…

Top 20 Favorite Herping Spots

I love to seek herps out in their natural haunts, so when Reptiles USA asked me to write about my favorite 20 herping spots, it was a challenge to whittle my choices down to so few. Fieldherping was my most…

Herping the Southern Spring Peeper

Spring peepers literally dominate the Florida nightscape on winter evenings, and stepping outside in the evenings may reveal a chorus of them in a variety of places. A large distant chorus sort of reminds me of sleighbells, which is appropriate since I…

5 Great Costa Rican Herping Destinations

Home to around 139 species of snakes and nearly as many species of frogs and toads, Costa Rica is an incredible and popular destination for herping enthusiasts. More than a quarter of the country's land has been designated protected national…

Herping The Cuban Treefrog

The Cuban Treefrog (Hyla septentrionalis) is a large and invasive species of treefrog that was introduced and is spreading in range, with its only limitation being freezing weather.  It grows to an impressive size and even eats local species of frogs.…

Herping In The Rain

The rain. It can ruin a day for many, and drive people indoors to their favorite DVDs. However in the natural realm it is the giver of life, and it brings things out of hiding - often in great numbers! Some…

Field Research Adventures With The Red Hills Salamander

In the world of reptile and amphibian field research, looking for salamanders can be fun and rewarding, but doesn’t immediately come to mind as a grand adventure. For a real herpetofaunal adventure most people would imagine wrestling alligators in Louisiana,…

Herping Travels In The Canary Islands

The Canary Islands make up a volcanic archipelago that is located off the northwest coast of Africa. It is adjacent to the border between Western Sahara and Morocco and considered to be a geologic extension of the Atlas Mountains in…

Herping The Wood Turtle

Just recently I posted an article concerning the captive care of the wood turtle. Here's a little look at their "wild side." Read More Wood Turtle Care Sheet joe myers   I have encountered wood turtles (Clemmys insculpta) in two areas…

Herping California's Mojave Desert for the Desert Tortoise

Searching for the threatened desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) sometimes felt like looking for a needle in the haystack somewhere in the Desert Tortoise Natural Area of the Mojave Desert. Read More Desert Tortoise Habitat Opens in El Mirage, Calif. Desert Tortoise Species…

Frogging The Florida Sandhills

The Sandhills of Central and Western Florida are an incredible place to explore. . . and to "herp" for frogs! Very dry and scrubby, and too hot in the summer to spend any real length of time there when the sun…

Shooting Reptiles With Your Cell Phone Camera

Question: I saw you give a talk once many years ago, and you poked fun of people who used their cell phones to take herp photos. I bet you’re eating those words now with all the new camera phones available,…

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