Ty Smith

הצטרף ב:אפר' 20, 2017 פעילות אחרונה: יוני 14, 2021 iNaturalist

How did I spend my 2020? Well here is the iNat leaderboard for herp species observed in 2020 for the world: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?d1=2020-01-01&d2=2020-12-31&place_id=any&view=observers&iconic_taxa=Amphibia,Reptilia

In my neck of the woods, most call me the Snake Man. I am just a simple, Herp, Bird, and Fish guy, from South-central Virginia, an area which is very under studied, and I hope to fix that. I have studied herps for over 15 years, and have studied the other groups near as long. In case you haven’t noticed, when it comes to animals, I love the oddballs, but I also specialize in those tough to tell genre such as Plestiodon, Desmognathus, and Anaxyrus.

I am a Master Naturalist (with over 500 hour of service), former Park Naturalist, Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas II Volunteer (VABBA2), Virginia Society of Ornithology (VSO) Member, and Virginia Herpetological Society (VHS) Member. I am very active on eBird, but I curate a few projects on iNat, and review many, many Herp observations. I also specialize in Herp and Fish husbandry, and have several species I work with in the home.

The one thing I love more than the animals I work with, is educating the public on these amazing animals. I do a number of Animal Education Talks, Walks, and Displays around the area. Currently, I am surveying the Reptiles and Amphibians of Fort Pickett (which requires permission from the Natural Resource Department). In 2020, I undertook a massive big year for Herps, mostly focusing on Virginia. Then I looked at the leaderboards, and realized I needed a December Florida trip, and that is what I did. This trip put me at the top of World’s 2020 herp leaderboard by species. The link for that project is below.

If you need to contact me for any reason, I am pretty good at responding to my email. I have added that to my list of things that I think anyone who wants to know me should check out. I will gladly answer any Herp, Bird, Fish, or Mammal ID questions; guide any herper/birders in Southside Virginia; or lead a hike, set-up a display, or speak at a club/school/ect. Feel free to tag me in any Herp observations, and if it is out of my expertise, I will find someone who can ID (to tag me just add to comments of the observation: @tysmith). I am willing to find homes for any reptiles that need a home as well.

eBird Profile: https://ebird.org/profile/ODQ4Mzg2

Herps of Virginia Project: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/herps-of-virginia

Species of Importance of Virginia's Nottoway River Basin: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/species-of-importance-of-virginia-s-nottoway-river-basin

Snakes of South-Central Virginia: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/snakes-of-south-central-virginia

Fort Pickett Herp Survey Observations: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/fort-pickett-herpetological-survey

Ty’s 2020 Big Herp Year: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/ty-smith-s-herp-big-year-2020

My Email: snakemantysmith@gmail.com

I also did a few videos with Koaw Nature (@koaw):
My Big Year- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djUb5I0nlfw&t=52s
Turtles- https://youtu.be/1ewdtlzJOps
Toad ID- https://youtu.be/O22L4oc-ICA
False Cape State Park: https://youtu.be/RsnTZX796yQ

I will round it off with some of my favorite personal observations:
Leatherback: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/62242061
American Crocodile: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/66333396
Timber Rattlesnake: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/54958873
Oceanic Manta: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/56138673
Barking Treefrog: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/73582487
Many-lined Salamander: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/68563679

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