Herpetology

Herpetologist Nick Massimo holding a snake, with his son on the left
Nick Massimo

Free time from quarantine has given way to more wandering in backyards, and sometimes people encounter a critter that scares them. That is where Nick Massimo comes in. 

The Eastern Spadefoot toad
Jeff Hall / North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Coastal and Sandhill residents say they've seen a jump in the frog and toad population since Hurricane Florence.