We greatly enjoyed the Louisiana Master Naturalists Northeast Herpetology day!

Louisiana Master Naturalists - Northeast

We came away with stories to tell!

Our day began in a ULM classroom. Dr. John Carr patiently walked us through the major families of amphibians and reptiles of northeast Louisiana with the help of an illustrated PowerPoint and a couple of great handouts. We had many questions.

Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)     (photo by Bette J. Kauffman)

Armed with our new knowledge, extensive notes and phones/cameras, we then headed to Black Bayou Lake NWR and reconvened near the Visitor Center. We were greeted there by Ryan, McKenzie and Ben, Dr. Carr’s graduate students, and… two turtles!

One of the two was a Map Turtle (Graptemys sp.), who had been rescued off a road on the way to the Refuge. She was quickly determined to be bearing eggs that Dr. Carr and his students wanted to incubate and hatch for research purposes, so she was placed in water in…

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