One of the first reptiles I ever kept was one of those little color-changing lizards I caught in the backyard. That was back in Orlando, Florida. Those same lizards that fascinated me as a boy are also found all over North Carolina, and they are the subject of this TTN vlog. If you have… Read More Carolina Anole
Ixodes scapularis, the blacklegged tick. Image from Wikimedia, in the public domain. I’ve written about snakes on this blog before, and a recent study published in this January’s Journal of Medical Entomology has brought them back to my mind. The researchers studied the spread of Lyme disease-bearing ticks in the United States. People infected with… Read More The only good snake is a LIVE snake!
On cold, rainy fall nights like this one, I can’t help but think wistfully of those warm, sunny days spent with my kids wandering the paths and trails at the NC Zoo. As you walk down the path from the alligator pond towards the underpass with the Billy Goats Gruff statue, you will cross a… Read More Know Your Neighborhood – Northern Water Snake
In 1979, the NC General Assembly designated the Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) as the State Reptile. Box turtles are unique in their family (Family Emydidae, the pond or marsh turtles) because they’re almost exclusively terrestrial. Other turtles in this family include the sliders, spotted turtles, and map turtles. Box turtles are called box turtles because they have the… Read More Old North State Symbols #5 – The State Reptile