Visiting the Savannah River Ecology Lab


In September of 2012, the Freshwater Conservation and Reptile and Amphibian Conservation classes spent a weekend visiting the University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Lab. Students toured the facility and had the opportunity to see with a wide range of herpetofauna from not just the southeast United States, but from all over the world. Students were also able to directly interact with some of the most respected researchers in the field and learn more about ongoing research. In addition to seeing the facility and all it has to offer, students were able to spend some time in the field checking drift fences and assisting with turtle sampling.

 

Species Found:

Green Treefrog (Hyla cinerea)
Bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana)
Southern Leopard Frog (Rana sphenocephala)
Northern Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans)
Ground Skink (Scincella lateralis)
Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)
Southeastern Five-lined Skink (Eumeces inexpectatus)
Southern Two-lined Salamander (Eurycea cirrigera)
Common Musk Turtle (Sternotherus odoratus)
Yellowbelly Slider (Trachemys scripta)
Coachwhip (Masticophis flagellum)

Some Photos (mouse over for larger images):


One of many side-necked turtles

 

A big-headed turtle from Asia

One of many side-necked turtles

 

A big-headed turtle from Asia


One of the tortoises housed at SREL

 

A wood turtle hides in some vegetation

One of the tortoises housed at SREL

 

A wood turtle hides in some vegetation


Students meet a Fly River turtle

 

The classes help out with turtle sampling

Students meet a Fly River turtle

 

The classes help out with turtle sampling


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