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News on website updates, research, exploration, or herping for any of our Virginia species.
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Herp of the Month
Enjoy a highlighted herp each month! Learn about a new species or gain a new appreciation for species you already know.
November/December 2022 | Wood Frog
I cannot think of any amphibian species with a range large enough to rival that of the Wood Frog. Wood Frogs can be found down in Alabama; up the Appalachians and beyond to Newfoundland and Labrador; west to Alaska; and down the Rockies to Colorado. It is believe that historically this species was even more wide spread around the time of the last ice age. With genetic testing, this could one day be a species complex (personal thought looking forward based on the size of their range). They also have what I can only describe as an "animal superpower", as they can freeze themselves solid to survive the rough winters. But that can't be where all of this species awesomeness stops... can it...?
Learn about a Virginia, herping destination that you must check out in the near future.
Flag Rock Recreational Area
Way down yonder in "Wood Booger" Country, there is a City called Norton. Here there is a park in the mountains that is a preserve for Salamanders. I personally love this place, but if you go herping here, please bring a trash bag and some grabbers and pack a bag of trash out. People throw trash down in the rockwork constantly, and this can kill these amazing salamanders. If we want these salamanders to out live us, we really need to preserve this preserve.
Herp ID Challenge
Some Herps can be tricky. Test your knowledge with our monthly challenge.