Species Profile: Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

Name: Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus) Range: Southeastern United States Diet: Carnivorous. Primarily feeding on small mammals, but will also feed on birds. Conservation Status: IUCN – Least concern This species, along with the bald eagle, has attained iconic status in the United states, and its cultural significance cannot be overstated. The snake appears on the Gadsden … More Species Profile: Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

Sex and Climate Change – Yes, You Read That Right…

Climate change; two words synonymous with a growing list of threats facing the continuity of our planet, and coming to the forefront as one of the most prominent problems of the 21st century. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) describes climate change as ‘a statistically significant variation in either the mean state of the … More Sex and Climate Change – Yes, You Read That Right…

Gallery: Green

It’s not easy being green, or so that charming, amphibious, banjo-strummer would have us believe. But however difficult life is for the emerald-hued denizens of this great, blue, planet, there’s no denying that green is the colour of life. There is a reason we seek out fields, forests and gardens when we need rest and regeneration. … More Gallery: Green

It’s Not Easy Being Mean

Venomous and poisonous animals capture the imagination of people across the globe. Whether through fear or fascination, toxic creatures (epitomised by reptiles and amphibians) have long been the object of interest amongst the public and scientists alike. This has lead to an incredible body of research on the benefits to individuals of having a chemical arsenal, often obvious such … More It’s Not Easy Being Mean

Field Herp Diaries: Volunteering on Mauritius

Last year I was lucky enough to spend several months volunteering with the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF), where I worked on conservation projects with two endangered passerines; the Mauritus Olive white-eye, and Mauritius Fody. Whilst there I got the chance to work on other conservation projects, including the reptile recovery programme. Mauritius was once home … More Field Herp Diaries: Volunteering on Mauritius

Species Profile: Aldabra Giant Tortoise

Name: Aldabra Giant Tortoise (Aldabrachelys gigantean) Range: Indian Ocean islands of the Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles and captive populations reside in conservation parks on the island of Mauritius. Diet: Herbivorous Conservation Status: IUCN – Vulnerable The giant Aldabra tortoise of the Indian Ocean islands, are some of the largest species of terrestrial tortoise, rivalling … More Species Profile: Aldabra Giant Tortoise

Species Profile: Attacus Atlas Moth

Name: Atlas moth (Attacus atlas) Range: South-East Asia, in tropical and subtropical broadleaf rainforests. While it can be found throughout the year, it is most common during November to January. Diet: Ficus carica (common fig), Mangifera indica (mango) and other citrus plants, Ricinus communis (castor oil plant), Annona squamosa (sugar apple) The atlas moth is one of the largest … More Species Profile: Attacus Atlas Moth