Sunday, August 5, 2018

#Scicomm Songs for Little Pythons: Little Brown Bats

The original of this one is a finger play rhyme "Scary Bats". We decided it needed to introduce kids to the not scary, but helpful, Little Brown Bats that are common in our area and through most of the USA.









Wednesday, August 1, 2018

#SciComm Songs for little pythons: They're Brumating




 Another song for Python mom's preschool class this fall. This one is a slightly more accurate update of one from Mailbox Preschool Magazine. Melody is "Are you Sleeping".









Monday, July 30, 2018

#JMIH18 - Doodles|Finale


We went to JMIH 2018! It was great! But instead of doing a conference writeup, we're going to show off some of the coolest sessions the only way we know how-cute doodles.

Snakes come in a ton of colors, like our pixel art coral snake here. And coding these colors technologically? It's hard. Really hard. But people are trying to do it, so hopefully a searchable database of snakes can be created! Cool.

Talk: P. Uetz: Color patterns in snakes

Thanks for an awesome conference! Hopefully we'll be in Snowbird for the next one.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

#JMIH18 - Doodles|Part 13


We went to JMIH 2018! It was great! But instead of doing a conference writeup, we're going to show off some of the coolest sessions the only way we know how-cute doodles.

Apparently one of the newer ways to represent the confusing glory of phylogenetic trees is diagrams showing clades as connecting pipes. And when you use these with snakes...

Saturday, July 28, 2018

#JMIH18 - Doodles|Part 12

We went to JMIH 2018! It was great! But instead of doing a conference writeup, we're going to show off some of the coolest sessions the only way we know how-cute doodles.


This isn't a talk-related doodle, just an illustration of the ongoing rivalry between Team Fish and Team Herp which has been going strong as long as JMIH itself and Aqua Blue, our resident aquatic herp, being caught in the crossfire.

Friday, July 27, 2018

#JMIH18 - Doodles|Part 11



We went to JMIH 2018! It was great! But instead of doing a conference writeup, we're going to show off some of the coolest sessions the only way we know how-cute doodles.

One side effect of the ongoing evolutionary arms race between newts becoming more toxic and snakes becoming more resistant to those toxins is that some snakes will bite into newts they can't handle and attempt to eat them for up to an hour before giving up. After the snake gives up, the newt gets up and walks away and the snake learns not to eat newts.

Talk: E. Brodie: Newts and the snakes that eat them

Thursday, July 26, 2018

#JMIH18 - Doodles|Part 10



We went to JMIH 2018! It was great! But instead of doing a conference writeup, we're going to show off some of the coolest sessions the only way we know how-cute doodles.

We already know some Asian natricine snakes store toxins from toads they eat to use in self defense. But now we know that some other tetrapods do similar things! Hedgehogs will self-anoint with toad toxins to make their spikes even more dangerous and some snakes that primarily eat worms will also preferentially eat toxic firefly larvae to store their toxins.

Talk:A. Savitsky: Anointed and Sequestered: Diverse Sources of Defensive Cardiotonic Steroids in Tetrapods