Category Archive: Culture and Folklore

Smouldering Salamanders

Small, quiet, shy, perhaps even cute, a herpetologist might call them. But some have considered the salamander very dangerous. For example, Pliny says that “the milky mucus flowing from its mouth, whatever part… Continue reading

Moroccan Serpent Charming

In this second post on human-reptile interactions in Morocco, let’s take a look at one of the most charismatic, flamboyant ways that humans and reptiles cross paths: snake charming. Even in parts of… Continue reading

Project on Human-Reptile Interactions in Morocco

Should we define wilderness by absence of human impact? Or are humans as much a part of an ecosystem as plants or any other animal? Although some humans currently race to save the… Continue reading

Came from Hell, Bent on Returning?

The hellbender: a strange creature, it resembles artists’ renderings of the earliest animals that hauled themselves onto land.  Its curious appearance greatly confused scientists and non-scientists alike as to what sort of beast… Continue reading

Rattlesnake Roundups

With March here, rural communities in parts of the southern United States are preparing for their rattlesnake roundups. The roundups are annual events that started to “control” rattlesnake populations, provide fundraising opportunities, create… Continue reading