HoH May be about to get New Admins

This is just a short notice to let followers and contributors to House of Herps know that we may be about to put a new management team in place. The original carnival creators, Amber Coakley and Jason Hogle, have been unable to spend the time needed to serve the herp-loving, herp-blogging community for the past several months. Amber will be talking with two people who have stepped forward with an interest in helping out. Stay tuned!

Help with HoH Admin Needed!

There was a misunderstanding about the March 2011 HoH – apologies to all. Now it is time for the April edition, though truthfully, we had just one submission.

My good fortune with my “day job” has spelled misfortune for HoH promotion and administration. I’ve asked around a little bit for help, but so far everyone’s plate is pretty full.

I would like to open up the HoH admin functions to anyone with an interest and a desire to maintain the established content type and purpose. Please contact me via the contact form if you are interested.


Hold onto your long johns its time for

Hold onto your long johns! It’s time for the February House of HERPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If those exclamation points seem a little labored, if it appears that I am using happy punctuation a little too heavily, well, you’ve seen right through my lame attempt to dance around, to obfuscate, certainly avoid, and maybe even to circumvent the unavoidable, monolithic, painful (like icicles boring under my toenails) theme of this HOH: the frigid cruelty of the meanest month of the year, February.

I have read that the coldest time of the year tends to be the last couple weeks of January and the first couple weeks of February. Remember that we are past the winter solstice, people. The days are already getting longer, but the days are also getting colder? Does that sound fair to you?

February brings us to the ends of our respective ropes; we’ve put up with winter for …

Welcome to the House of Herps Number Six

When I first learned that HOH was launching in December I thought Jason and Amber were nuts. Why? Because May is clearly the best month of the year for herping! Spring is now well underway; all our scaly and slippery friends are running around stuffing their faces with their unlucky neighbors and getting lucky with their, well, luckier neighbors.

On the lucky side, JSK of Anyone Seen My Focus? presents a post about a male fence lizard flashing his sexiest blue breeding colors.

Ted MacRae at Beetles in the Bush presents a closely related Florida scrub lizard from his August trip to the Lake Wales Ridge.

Johnny Nutcase over at Count Your Chicken! caught a nice look at a gopher snake getting all warmed up and ready for action.

Matthew Wills of Backyard and Beyond up in New York City spotted a really nice snapping turtle (possibly the …

House of Herps #4 – St. Patrick’s Edition

Welcome to the 4th edition of House of Herps, the monthly celebration of all things herpetological (i.e. amphibian and reptilian). This issue is dedicated to St. Patrick, the first herpetologist. Above we see him pointing out some of the ophiological fauna (snakes) of Ireland.

More about St. Patrick later. First the marvelous musings of the herpetologists who have followed in Patty’s footsteps:

Since we are on the subject of amusing pictures of snakes, check out this Western Hognose from Ted MacRae at Beetles in the Bush. It is doing an excellent impersonation of a dead hognose, including some unbelievable and gross details you can read about here. This is also an important herpetological find, since the Western Hognose was previously unknown in this area.

Here is another amusing snake photo, this one a Garter Snake from Nate at The Drinking Bird. Not only is it fun to see his