Branson Khounvichith

Unido: 28.jul.2022 Última actividad: 13.abr.2024 iNaturalist

Hello! I'm a RI-based naturalist. Currently, I’m in high school. I can often be found procrastinating here. I have an affinity for reptiles, amphibians, isopods, and native wildlife. I identify many of the observations from Rhode Island.

Herps are my strong suit; I've been studying them for several years (though I have no formal education in herpetology). Recently, I've been getting more into mycology, so I've been trying to identify some fungi observations. I ID a lot of observations in my home state of Rhode Island. I mainly identify North American wildlife and sealife, especially in the New England region and the eastern US. Currently, I'm trying to ID herps in other countries such as the Caribbean and Bermuda. If there are any mistakes, please inform me! I'm learning Spanish and Portuguese, but I'm by no means fluent. Please correct any grammatical errors I make. Thanks!

I often ID certain taxa such as Taricha, Anolis, Deirochelyinae, and Plestiodon to the genus/subfamily level. However, this doesn’t mean that it cannot be IDed past that. I’m still learning certain taxons, so please bear with me.

Feel free to tag me to ID your reptile observations and I’ll try my best. If you feel that my IDs are wrong (which may happen on occasion, especially with turtles and southeastern salamanders), please add a comment to the ID or send me a message.

If you'd like to use any of my photos, please send me a message. I'd be happy if you let me know what you'd be using it for.

I'm working to identify herps from all over the Caribbean. Currently, I'm identifying in: Honduran Bay Islands


I help curate the Rhode Island Shoreline Wildlife Project, which aims to document species found on the RI coastline. If you're interested in helping, you can join the project and add your observations. If you don't want me to add your observations to the project, please message me.
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/rhode-island-shoreline-wildlife

I also curate the Herps of Rhode Island Project, which records the reptile and amphibian observations from Rhode Island. Feel free to join!
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/herps-of-rhode-island

Encourage others to use iNaturalist and get them interested in nature!

“No one will protect what they don't care about, and no one will care about what they have never experienced.”

-David Attenborough


Online Resources I Use:
For herps in Arizona (slightly outdated, but still an awesome guide): https://reptilesofaz.org
For herps in North Carolina: https://herpsofnc.org
For frog calls in the Northeast: https://musicofnature.com/calls-of-frogs-and-toads-of-the-northeast/
For herps in California and a lot of the west coast (includes subspecies maps!): https://californiaherps.com
Ratsnake range map: http://snakeevolution.org/rangemaps/ratrangereduced.jpg
For Desmognathus species: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Posmk4nl925We0VNew0113_OcOJyX2oD/view
Siren species diagnosis: https://www.mapress.com/zt/article/view/zootaxa.5258.4.1/50320
For Caribbean herps: http://www.caribherp.org
For British marine isopods: https://isopods.nhm.org/pdfs/5121/5121.pdf
How to photograph and identify orthopterans: https://bugguide.net/node/view/2010070

Miscellaneous:
Groundwater Texan Eurycea: https://www.pnas.org/doi/10.1073/pnas.1815014116

Field Guides I Use:
A Naturalist's Guide to the Snakes of Australia by Scott Eipper and Tyese Eipper
A Naturalist's Guide to the Snakes of Southeast Asia, 3rd Edition by Indraneil Das
A Naturalist's Guide to the Reptiles of India by Abhijit Das and Indraneil Das
Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Britain and Europe by Jeroen Speybroeck, Wouter Beukema, Bobby Bok, Jan Van Der Voort, and Ilian Velikov
Reptiles of Costa Rica by @twanleenders (my personal favorite)

For nature videos and terrarium content:
Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@rinaturalist (I don't upload with much consistency, but I'd appreciate you checking it out).

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