New species of boa found in The Bahamas

Finding new species these days is usually the business of researchers who work with small things like insects and crustaceans. However, every once in a while researchers uncover big animals. These rarities have hidden away in thick forests, on the top of remote mountains, or deep in the sea –  places far from human eyes. For that reason, it’s remarkable when […]

By | 2016-07-24T17:10:04-05:00 May 29th, 2016|Categories: Endangered species, Featured, herpetology, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |Comments Off on New species of boa found in The Bahamas

Corn snakes on Great Guana Cay, Abaco?

I was forwarded this photo posted to Facebook that shows a corn snake, Pantherophis guttata, purportedly captured on Great Guana Cay, on or near Baker’s Bay Resort. Corn snakes are native to the Southern US, not The Bahamas.

I haven’t validated the observation so cannot verify its authenticity. However, these snakes appear to travel well in landscaping plants and building […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:01:57-05:00 January 25th, 2016|Categories: herpetology, Invasive Species|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

Brown anoles invade Bermuda

The most common lizard in The Bahamas, the brown anole (Anolis sagrei), has recently invaded and established itself on Bermuda.

With collaborator James Stroud of Florida International University and with support from the Bermuda Dept. of Conservation and Bermuda Zoological Society, I am examining how this aggressive invader might interact with Bermuda’s only native lizard, the critically endangered Bermuda […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:01:57-05:00 December 15th, 2015|Categories: herpetology, Invasive Species|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Brown anoles invade Bermuda

Hatchling season is in full swing

An update from Antigua and new NCSU graduate student Andrew Maurer.  Thanks Andrew!

Hatchling season is upon us on Long Island, Antigua. Nests that we saw deposited 50-60 days ago are hatching, often multiple in a night. It usually happens so fast we only see the tracks they leave behind. Seeing tiny hawksbill hatchlings leaves no doubt about it, this is […]

By | 2015-08-29T13:49:50-05:00 August 29th, 2015|Categories: Beaches, herpetology, Invasive Species, Turtles, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Hatchling season is in full swing

Blindsnakes: a unique, yet easily overlooked part of the Bahamas fauna

Last week our own Ryann Rossi (mangrove extraordinaire) encountered one of the stranger animals of The Bahamas while visiting San Salvador, a blindsnake. I still haven’t been able to uncover blindsnakes on Abaco, but I thought I would share a bit of information on this group of snakes because: 1) they are largely unfamiliar to most people and are easily […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:12-05:00 July 20th, 2015|Categories: herpetology, Invasive Species|4 Comments

More Anole Research

We spent some time on Abaco recently with Harvard post-doc Graham Reynolds.  He sent us this quick update on his research program – thanks Graham! (Some coverage of Graham’s research in the New York Times and The Scientist magazine)

Anolis sagrei, the Brown or Festive Anole, is rapidly becoming a model system for the study of ecology and evolution, […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:12-05:00 July 12th, 2015|Categories: herpetology, Lizards|Comments Off on More Anole Research

Sargassum and nesting turtles

A quick update from new NCSU graduate student Andrew Maurer on the sargassum mats in the Eastern Caribbean.  Thanks Andrew.

“Huge influxes of sargassum seaweed on coasts and nearshore waters throughout the Caribbean are drawing more and more attention from all sectors, especially conservation organizations. There are benefits to beaches such as stabilization and vast nutrient provision. Oceanic sargassum is also […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:12-05:00 July 3rd, 2015|Categories: Beaches, citizen science, Endangered species, herpetology, migration, tourism, Turtles|Comments Off on Sargassum and nesting turtles

Racer eats Curly

Ali Ball sent me this cool photo of a Bahamian racer (Cubophis vudii) in the later stages of ingesting a Curly-tailed lizard (Leiocephalus cairinatus) in Little Harbour. She noted that it took so long for the snake to finish it’s meal that her husband had enough time to run up to the house and retrieve a camera in order to […]

By | 2015-06-30T11:03:22-05:00 June 30th, 2015|Categories: herpetology, Lizards|2 Comments

COB student’s research experience featured in National Geographic

Opportunities to participate in research, in the lab or field, leaves valuable and deep impressions. A College of The Bahamas (COB) student recounts her experience joining Shedd Aquarium’s research team to study highly endangered Bahamian iguanas. Her brief, but enriching story is featured in Nat Geo’s Voices page: A life-changing experience studying iguanas in the Bahamas.

“Arriving on Andros – […]

By | 2015-06-25T20:34:14-05:00 June 25th, 2015|Categories: Endangered species, herpetology|Comments Off on COB student’s research experience featured in National Geographic