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After 11 years, and over a quarter million reads, we are moving the Frog Blog!

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Our new Patreon promo image featuring the AF 'Power Team' of Gopher Frog, Striped Newt, and Flatwoods Salamander Don't worry, we will still be publishing regularly on amphibians, amphibian conservation, the Amphibian Foundation's programs, and all things slimy! We are simply moving our platform to Patreon , where our membership program lives. This will consolidate our messaging in one place, provide more opportunities to connect with us & get involved, and encourage our readers to get further involved as members. Most articles will still be accessible whether you sign up or not, though we hope you will join us at a level that works for you. In these trying times, our conservation initiatives rely on member support more than ever, and we couldn't have come this far without our local, regional, and global members! Our Patreon program also provides opportunities to join at the Partner Level , for those that would like to get deeper involved in conservation

What is a deterrent to snakes? I have some land at the back of me, full of snakes.

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From Carrie Gardner, On Quora  ---- Black Racer, Coluber constrictor   Really, there isn't any. Products like “Snake B Gone" are junk. Anything that says that the scent drives them away is also a rip-off. They don't care about any of that. Mothballs have been banned for outdoor use by the EPA and is toxic for people. Please don't use any poisons because it sinks into groundwater and into bodies of water and poisons every animal and plant they come into contact with. If your land is full of snakes, that means the area is full of rodents, which is what most snakes eat. And I would like to add that most prey species far outnumber the predators. So you probably have a much greater problem than just a lot of snakes and right now, they are your friends. Snakes only go where there is food so your best bet to lower the number of snakes in your yard is to get rid of the source of food. If there a lot of snakes in your yard then chances are there is a good size rodent population

Practical Advice for Coping with Copperheads in Atlanta

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A neonatal Copperhead, as is depicted by the 'yellow' tail. This will disappear as the animals gets older. I stumbled upon this article this morning, while doing research for my Biology of the Reptiles course at Agnes Scott College. I was, of course, put off by the title ' Good Snakes vs Bad Snakes ' but could quickly guess what this author was referring to by 'Bad Snakes' - She was undoubtedly speaking of Atlanta's most despised vertebrate — the Copperhead. At the Amphibian Foundation, we have initiated a Copperhead Rescue and Advocacy Program for two reasons: 1) We feel an obligation, which started with amphibians, to speak out for the underdog, persecuted, and the misunderstood wildlife in our neighborhoods (Box Turtles and Snapping Turtles also fall into one or more of these categories) — and 2) We were 'forced' into this position by the immediate inundation of Copperhead calls and messages we started receiving once we opened our doors in Buck

Very proud of how our Amphibian Research and Conservation Center (AKA MetamorphosisMeadow) is shaping up!⁠

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Through a grant from Memphis Zoo, we have expanded to 33 artificial wetlands for breeding and head-starting imperiled amphibians.⁠ ⁠ In the next week or two, we will be adding Gopher Frog tadpoles!

Re-issue of expired Care2 Article by Tex Dworkin and Mark Mandica

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The article that my dear friend Tex and I worked on 4 years ago is no longer accessible on the Care2 site where it was published. I thought I would post it here, as it provided a wonderful opportunity to connect with conservation minded folks, who were not necessarily aware of the global amphibian extinction crisis. You can still find remnants of the original article on Pintrest. Plus, it was the first time I ever had my cell phone photography featured in a publication. It's a very nice piece, and brought a lot of attention to amphibians. I thought, given all that has been happening with quarantines and COVID-19, it would be a good time to share some of my favorite frog pictures.  Some of the language has been updated --------- Meet 10 Stunning Frogs Whose Populations are Dwindling Slope Snouted Glass Frog , Cochranella euknemos Conservation Status: Decreasing Glass Frogs (family Centrolenidae) are so named due to the translucent skin on their bellies. This al

Amphibian Foundation launches a new membership program on Patreon

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If you are interested in learning more about the AF Membership Progam on Patreon, read this article and click here . We are excited to announce our new partnership with Patreon , a world renowned platform for connecting communities of people passionate about the same thing. The Amphibian Foundation is using the platform to help create a safer world for amphibians. The global community of amphibian conservationists, enthusiasts, and supporters can join us on Patreon for a special experience, and Patreon allows us to connect with you all in a more direct and deeper way. Membership with the Amphibian Foundation brings us much needed support for our conservation initiatives. Since starting in 2016, we have developed a model by which we could, in essence, support our conservation initiatives ourselves through engaging, dynamic, and inspirational programming for all ages. Programs such as Critter Camp and the Master Herpetologist Program have been a wildly successful part of our mis