Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team Update

Rick Roth writes ~

We had a nice time at Visiting Scientist Day at O’Malley Middle School on Friday. Five 45 minute classes of sixth graders. We brought salamanders, frogs, turtles and snakes. Sam Bevins took the day off from Gloucester High to do the presentaion, and he’s really good at it. Extra help from sixth grader Sam Ciolino. Thanks guys.

Got home to find Gretchen, one of our bull snakes had laid nine eggs. They are now in the incubator at 79F. for about 70 days. Evilyn, our female white-lipped python looks quite gravid (snake talk for pregnant). Hope to see eggs soon. A couple of our other snakers are starting to look like they might be eggy too.

Met with Eric and Brendan from the Green Team at Manchester/Essex Regional High School last week. It looks like we might get two students next school year to help with all manner of CAVPT activities.

Meanwhile… Nick Taormina and I have been checking our turtle traps on Essex County Greenbelt property every day for about three weeks, where there is a record of a Blanding’s Turtle (Threatened Species in Mass). It was kind of a bust, we only found one turtle- a ten inch snapper. But there my be more we can do there. Gotta check with ECGB, Fish and Wildlife and a herpetologist buddy of mine. More on that later.

Meanwhile…we have a show to do:

Saturday June 14, 2014 3pm
Snakes of New England and the World- one hour live animal presentation
Lincoln School: Hartwell Pod B
We need volunteers. Please get in touch if you can help with the show. Or… if you’re in the hood, check it out. There is a suggested donation of $5 or $15 for a family of 3 or more. We’re going to try our best to make it worth it.

Later, Rick

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