Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Brown Snakes in Grid!

It just hit me that I forgot to write about my very own article about brown snakes (Storeria dekayi) that ran in the current issue of Grid!

Check out the article at
or on page 19 at for how it looks in the print layout.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

On Saturday (March 27th) I went on a little walk in Morris Park up in the corner of West Philly with my friend Tevin. It was sunny but cool (high 40s), a fine afternoon for a walk and a good time for the red back salamanders (Plethodon cinereus).

Under one small log we found seven of them in both colors (lead back and red back), a couple fat with eggs still to be laid, and even a couple itty bitty babies.

Here are the seven:

The babies:

Here are some shots of the grown ups. Note the little bumps, cirrae, under the upper lip of this guy:
Here's a lead back:
And here's a red back: