Adult Gopher Frog following capture. Photo by Garrett Lawson
Author: Garret Lawson
Habitat alteration is one of the greatest threats facing wildlife species that have specialized food and shelter preferences. Discovering whether—and how—native species use human-modified habitats is an important part of understanding their likelihood of persisting in changing landscapes. This is an especially interesting question for amphibians that use both aquatic and terrestrial habitats, like the Gopher Frog.
Author: Amanda West
Florida’s warm winters make it an ideal place for non-native reptiles to survive when transplanted here. When a new species gains a foothold in south Florida, it may continue spreading northward, a process known as ‘secondary dispersal’. In March, Archbold Biological Station researchers caught a small lizard making just such a move.
Written by Hilary Swain, Jennifer Brown (Into Nature Films), and Betsie Rothermel
Archbold Biological Station has a new leading lady. She is the star of the film, ‘Queen of Red Hill,’ just released online at Archbold’s Vimeo and Youtube channels. Her name is Number 21, that is, Gopher Tortoise 21. At 60+ years old, she is one of the ‘grande dames’ of the Gopher Tortoise community living on the Red Hill at Archbold. She landed her role, vividly portraying her sandy, underground realm, because her story is Archbold’s story. She is emblematic of a tale told throughout wild Florida – loss of home, survival, and eventual recovery. Continue reading
Here is a great example of a species common at Archbold Biological Station but found in few other places. Continue reading
Aka: Anolis carolinensis, Carolina Anole
If you’re walking on one of the trails here at Archbold Biological Station and you hear a dry rustle and seen a green flash out of the corner of your eye, you’ve probably stumbled across a Green Anole, one of our most beautiful lizards. Continue reading