Reptiles & Amphibians

Exploring Nature, April 2024

Exploring Nature, April 2024

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive Just as farmers are hoping the spring dries up enough to get into the fields to mow hay, morel hunters are hoping for alternating rain and sunshine to...

Exploring Nature, February 2024

Exploring Nature, February 2024

After a snowfall, look for fresh animal tracks to identify. Hunt for shed antlers. Maintain bird feeding stations with seeds and suet treats. In late February or early March, wood frogs and...

Wonders of the Night

Wonders of the Night

My Chosen Spot Contest First Place Winner A gray rain spattered dismally down on the dripping earth. Forlorn rivulets of water trickled through little gullies in the soil and were lost in the larger...

Caption This Frog

Caption This Frog

Tree frog. Photo © Dirk Ercken/Dreamstime.com. We invite you to submit your caption for this photograph of a tree frog in the Bolivian rain forest. The photograph will be used on the back of the...

Our Month of March

Our Month of March

I probably laughed out loud when I saw this foot-in-the-mouth shot. I have no idea where the “foot” comes from. Is it part of the critter? Many of you are sending us your March submissions for the...

Salamander Incubator

Salamander Incubator

Spotted Salamander eggs. Photo © Dana Atkinson. “Sooooo squishy!” George exclaimed as he cupped a grapefruit-sized salamander egg mass in both his hands.His chuckles caused the jello-like cluster of...

It Always Rains on Salamander Night!

It Always Rains on Salamander Night!

Spotted Salamander. Photo © Dana Atkinson. “Grandpa,” said George, “why are we going out in the rain? In the DARK?”“Well,” I said, “because tonight is Salamander Night, and we’re going out to see a...

The Swimming Toads

The Swimming Toads

American toad singing. Photo © Kevin Shank. Once upon a Good Friday evening, I, with my family, which consists of four brothers and two sisters and Dad and Mom, went down to our pond to fish. And...

Wise As a Serpent

Wise As a Serpent

I glanced out the kitchen window one Monday morning. What was hanging out of the sparrow trap in the brush pile? It looked like a snake.I grabbed my binoculars to get a closer look. Sure enough, it...

Covers, December 2022

Covers, December 2022

Long-tailed Weasel in pine tree. Photo © Mlharing/iStock.com. Painted turtles. Photo © Cheryl Shank.