Ty Smith

Joined: Apr 20, 2017 Last Active: Feb 25, 2021

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 can ID any of Virginia's reptiles in the hand without field guide and have studied the other groups near as long. In case you haven’t noticed, when it comes to animals, I love the oddballs. If you don’t know what I mean, check out my favorite taxons. :)

I am a Master Naturalist, 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 2019, I worked on a big year for herps, but not happy with that, I am working on a bigger year in 2020. The link for that 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

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