Ty Smith

Joined: Apr 20, 2017 Last Active: Nov 28, 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. That said, I do most of my research now a days on the Barking Treefrog (Hyla gratiosa), which many people say is the “rarest frog in VA”. In case you haven’t noticed, when it comes to animals, I love the oddballs, but I also specialize in and research those tough to tell genre such as Plestiodon, Desmognathus, and Anaxyrus (especially hybrid toads).

I am a Master Naturalist (with over 500 hours of service), former Park Naturalist, Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas II Volunteer (VABBA2), Virginia Society of Ornithology (VSO) Member, Virginia Herpetological Society (VHS) Member, as well as the President of the Margret Watson Bird Club in Farmville, Virginia. 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, as well as I am currently breeding some poultry, such as Chinese Painted Quail (Button Quail), Coturnix, Indian Red Junglefowl, and more with several projects on the rise such as Gambel’s Quail and Moscovies.

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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