Budding herpetologist*, Torsten Watkins, is a 6th grader at Orchard Middle School and he likes to spend his free time seeking out native reptiles and amphibians.
He and his Dad often can be found “herping” in the Wenatchee foothills. Recently, they stopped by the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust office to tell us the story of his June 2017 discovery of a species not previously known to live in the Wenatchee foothills – a Northern desert night snake (Hypsiglena tchlorophaea deserticola).
Read all about Torsten's discovery, including a telling in his own words, and see pictures of the snake at the Wenatchee Naturalist Website.
*A herpetologist is a scientist who specializes in studying reptiles and amphibians.