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My 13 Favorite Photos of 2016

My 13 Favorite photos of 2016 13: One Fish Says “No”: I took this photo while trying to get the hang of an underwater camera housing. I like how one fish stands out from the others. 12: Brood V Cicada: … Continue reading

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Recognizing individual salamanders by their belly spots

One of the questions we are investigating in my herpetology lab is whether we can recognize individual salamanders based on the pattern of spots on their bellies. We have been studying a population of smallmouth salamanders (Ambystoma texanum) and unisexual … Continue reading

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Cuban Treefrog comes to Cleveland

A Caribbean frog showed up in Cleveland, Ohio, last week. It was a young Cuban TreeFrog that hitched a ride from Florida in some plant material being shipped to a Cleveland floral shop. Continue reading

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Zombie Cicadas and the end of Brood V

A look back on the 2016 Brood V Cicada emergence in northeast Ohio. Includes photos and video of “zombie cicadas”! Continue reading

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Rain Posture in Yellow Garden Spider

Photos and video show how a yellow garden spider changes its behavior in a heavy rain. The spider hangs from its web using its back legs, so it is perpendicular to the ground. This might make the body less of a “target” for raindrops. Continue reading

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