Mississippi Herp Literature?

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ChadHarrison
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Mississippi Herp Literature?

Post by ChadHarrison » March 19th, 2016, 6:50 am

What is the deal with Mississippi's complete lack of information on the local herp residents? I can't find a single site that shows native herps with range maps and info or anything even close. Best I got was a checklist, which is not helpful in the slightest. I'm going to be in Southern MS for 4 days in mid-may, and I would like to know what I have a chance of running into, aside from my targets that I know exist in the areas I'm herping. The only field guide I found for MS is dated 1976. Get it together, Mississippi! Get in touch with the dudes responsible for the Kansas Herp Atlas. Talk about an incredibly well done and informative website. As the late Carl Koch would say: holy cats, man!

Maybe I'm just a moron. Does anybody know where I can get some useful information on the natural history and ranges of native mississippi herps? Doesn't have to just be a website; I'll buy a book if I have to.

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Re: Mississippi Herp Literature?

Post by dwakefield » March 19th, 2016, 10:54 am

I actually grew up in central Mississippi, but I was pretty young........although I was eager to herp, I couldn't find a lot of other people who shared that excitement! I mostly got to hike in some wildlife refuges and other natural areas. I can't really help much for southern MS, though. I don't know if Terry Vandeventer is still around. That guy is a legend, and I believe is based out of Jackson, MS.

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Re: Mississippi Herp Literature?

Post by Hadar » March 19th, 2016, 2:08 pm

Terry is the map for Mississippi. Great guy!

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Re: Mississippi Herp Literature?

Post by Coluber Constrictor » March 19th, 2016, 4:44 pm

Coastal MS? What counties? Jackson Co. has more or less the same species as the Mobile area in AL.

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Re: Mississippi Herp Literature?

Post by Coluber Constrictor » March 19th, 2016, 4:48 pm

The MS fish and wildlife site had a catalog of the specimens from their natural history museum, arranged by county, but now I can't find it. :x

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Re: Mississippi Herp Literature?

Post by Hadar » March 19th, 2016, 5:12 pm

Tom Mann with the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science is a great resource. He runs the bucket brigade with the National Park Service to help migrating amphibian populations from being decimated by vehicles on the Natchez Trace Parkway, http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/22/us/vo ... .html?_r=0.

Cheers, Heather

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