Titanoboa: Monster Snake


Titanoboa is at the Burke Museum!

The exhibit includes a full-size replica of the giant snake, plus fossils, photos and videos that reconstruct Earth’s earliest-known rainforest and the lost world of life in the Paleocene following the demise of dinosaurs. We also have exhibit space devoted to snakes of Washington, Leonard’s research on Thamnophis population genetics on the San Juan Islands, and we are actively tanning snake skins in the exhibit. You can even watch the snake skin tanning process on a live webcam.

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Herpetology Meetings in Reno

The 2015 herpetology meetings in Reno are coming to an end tonight. The meetings were awesome! There were lots of great talks, including those by Leonard, Sima, and Matt. We even had a chance to go and catch some local herps (Crotaphytus, Gambelia, Thamnophis, Sceloporus, Aspidoscelis, and Bufo). The local hosts were fantastic – Chris “Zuma” Feldman is a rockstar. If our car hadn’t broken down in the casino parking lot we could have made it to his awesome bbq.
Thanks to Leonard Jones for helping take this photo at the casino for my title slide!


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Discovery of a Critically Endangered Salamander in Mexico

Screen Shot 2015-07-11 at 7.40.32 AMGraduate student Sima Bouzid has a new article in the journal Herpetological Review on the discovery of a new population of a critically endangered salamander (Bradytriton silus) in a remote region of Chiapas, Mexico. This rare species is known from just a few other localities in Mexico and Guatemala, and for nearly 30 years it was thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered in 2009. The discovery of a new population in Chiapas shows that the species is more widespread than previously thought, and suggests that our knowledge of where B. silus occurs almost certainly does not represent the species full range.

Bouzid, NM, Rovito SM, Sanchez-Solis JF. 2015. Discovery of the Critically Endangered Finca Chiblac Salamander (Bradytriton silus) in Northern Chiapas, Mexico. Herpetological Review, 2015, 46(2), 186–187.

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New lab photo


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Herpetology Field Trip

It was a terrific day for a herpetology field trip. We found some really cool reptiles. You can watch videos of some of these on youtube.
Coluber constrictor
Contia tenuis
Hypsiglena torquata
Thamnophis sirtalis

Phrynosoma douglasii
Sceloporus occidentalis
Uta stansburiana

Coluber constrictor

Coluber constrictor

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