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In late May 2018, I came across this planarian among the leaves on the forest floor in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Planarians are part of the group of animals known as Platyhelmintes. Although planarians look a bit like earthworms, they are … Continue reading
While visiting New Orleans for the 2016 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, I had an opportunity to take a short morning trip to the Barataria Preserve of the Jean Lafitte National Park. The park is a short 30 minute … Continue reading
Photographs of the tiny midges that swarmed out of Lake Erie in June 2018. Continue reading
Happy Thanksgiving! In recognition of the holiday, here is a video I took a few years ago at the University of Michigan’s E. S. George Reserve. It shows two male turkeys wrestling during the breeding season.
Last week I posted pictures showing the differences in color pattern between Ringneck Snakes from New York vs. California. There are a number of other North American reptiles and amphibians that also show wonderful variation in color pattern, shape and … Continue reading