Reptiles & Amphibians

Life in a Pond

Life in a Pond

The first rays of sun break through the darkness, and the gray light of dawn appears. It does not last long, though, for as the sun rises higher, its light gains strength. The misty gray of dawn...

No Fish Tale

No Fish Tale

Spring was on the calendar and in the air. Bright sunshine, warm temperatures, and clear blue skies beckoned winter-weary children of all ages outdoors to enjoy God’s beautiful creation. River...

Covers, June 2021

Covers, June 2021

Baltimore Oriole, Female. Photo © Alva Steury Jr. Garter snake. Photo © Alva Steury Jr.

Crocodiles

Crocodiles

A crocodile basks in the sun on the banks of the Nile River. He has just eaten, so he will probably not need to hunt again for a long time. He sleeps, undisturbed. He looks like his name—crocodile....

The Secretive Caecilian

The Secretive Caecilian

Nestled in a moist dirt burrow in the forested hills of Kenya, Africa, a 3-inch-long (75-mm), pale, serpentine creature uncoils as it awakens. It wriggles around in search of something to satisfy...

Fascinating Frogs

Fascinating Frogs

Abundance of young tadpole in pond water. Photo © Hanbr/iStockPhoto.com “What is that?” questioned one of my students. In an instant, more students were crowded around my desk, staring at a shallow...

Exploring Nature, Spring

Exploring Nature, Spring

Photo © Kevin Shank Skunk cabbage is in bloom late winter and early spring.Woodcocks begin doing their courtship displays.Mid-to-late March grizzlies come out of hibernation.400,000-600,000 Sandhill...