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Our Online Field Guides
Herpetological News & Weather
News on website updates, new articles, herping, and research on any of our Virginia species.
Want to learn more about herps and herping? We don't all learn best by reading scientific works or reading straight out of the guide. We strive to offer new ways to learn to help all kinds of learners.
Our iNaturalist Project
Are you an iNaturalist user? Our project takes all herp species observed in Virginia and makes all of the observations digestible. Join our project, add observations, and identify observations to aid our research. You can even ask our experts questions through messages and observation comments. The project has:
Over 100,000 observations to explore.
Over 150 species from all corners of the state.
Over 14,000 observers aiding us map species.
Several reputable experts to help identify photos and audio.
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.
May/June 2023 | Southeastern Five-lined Skink
A lot of literature will tell you to ID these skinks, you need to see the supralabials and post-ventral scales, but Ty has made a name by trying to correct these wrongs. Ty was able to detect an introduce population on Galveston Island, TX from photos on iNaturalist. This caused some controversy for years over the population, until in 2022 a team went down to the island and confirmed the population was indeed Southeastern Five-lined Skinks. But there are more to these creatures than "just another tough skink", as this species has an amazing history as well.
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.
Look at the Frog in the photos on the left (above on mobile). What species is this Frog?