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Rattlers, Peepers & Snappersis for anyone interested in the biology, natural history, or the 52 fascinating amphibians & reptiles in New England.

Vince Franke teamed up with Jim Andrews, of the VT Reptile and Amphibian Atlas, to create individual segments on all the species that breed in New England as well as reptile and amphibian field adventures hosted by a variety of New England experts. The DVD was designed and laid out for a variety of audiences and ages. We've received great feedback from professionals, teachers, naturalists and their kids!

PLAY 5 min. "Snakes & Skinks"
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  • 3 hours of programs
  • Frog calls of every species
  • Quizzes, facts sheets, resource pages and much more
Two minute montage of New England's amphibians and reptiles

The two educational programs incorporate a series of field trips with local experts from across New England as well as highlighting current research projects with University graduate students from the University of Maine, the University of Massachusetts, Berkshire Community College, and the University of Connecticut. Topics include the identification, natural history, and conservation of all the snakes, turtles, lizards, frogs, and salamanders of New England.

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  • Spring Migration
  • Stream Salamanders
  • Road Crossings
  • Finding Frogs
  • Vernal Pools
  • Wood Frog Research
  • Copperheads
  • Finding Worm Snakes
  • Skinks and Snakes
  • Tracking Racers
  • Fall Migration
  • Finding Timber Rattlesnakes
  • Box Turtle Research
  • Turtle Tunnels
  • Nesting Turtles


Rattlers, Peepers & Snappers is an exciting new DVD covering the amphibians and reptiles of New England produced by Peregrine Productions. Search terms include rpsdvd,,, rattlers, peepers, snappers, snakes, turtles, lizards, frogs, salamanders, New England

Honorable Mention for Scientific Content in the 2009 32nd International Wildlife Film Festival

"Rattlers, Peepers & Snappers" is a captivating mix of conservation ethics, environmental education, and entertainment.

- J. Whitfield Gibbons, PARC

Rattlers, Peepers & Snappers

What a great piece of work! ANYONE--especially teachers--would find this valuable in helping others understand the complexity and wonder of the planet.

       - Steve Wright, NWF




Jim Andrews,
Middlebury College
Holding a Northern Water Snake



Liz Willey,
Univ of Mass.
Handling a Box Turtle



Sean Blomquist,
Univ. of Maine
Tracking a Wood Frog



Dave Paulson,
Univ. of Mass
Returning with turtle trap



Steve Parren,
VT Fish & Wildlife
Excavating a hatched turtle nest