Category Archives: reptiles

Oh snap!

Walking along Little Sugar Creek one day, something flashed and caught my eye in the stream.  It was the shiny underbelly of a fish that was probably 8 or 10 inches long.  The weird thing about this fish was that … Continue reading

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Is caudal autotomy right for you?

The title makes it sound like a pharmaceutical ad.  “Ask your doctor about caudal autotomy today.” I should follow it up with a list of possible side effects, too.  But let’s start this way…what is it?  Caudal autotomy (which does … Continue reading

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One way to prevent an Oedipal complex

I thought this title was kind of inappropriately appropriate for Mother’s Day weekend.  Just wrong enough to make you squirm a little bit, but not quite offensive enough to be frightening.  Ah, what a satisfying line to walk. Today’s post … Continue reading

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Nevermore

There I was running down the street when I heard a call from the trees.  The telltale heart of a…I mean the telltale call of a Common Raven.  I’ve actually not seen ravens around here before, but this call (and … Continue reading

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Run away! Run away!

Last weekend while out in the woods with my students, we went for an early morning hike.  Normally, when hiking and looking for birds, I keep my eyes and ears aimed up into the trees, but it can be useful … Continue reading

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Snippets of semi-sexy snake science

Sometimes science is really cool, ground-breaking and earth-shattering.  More often than not, however, science is much more mundane.  That’s not to say that it’s not important or useful.  In the real world, though, so much of the science that gets … Continue reading

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