Herpetologist Jeff Beane sits in his office at the lab at Prairie Ridge Ecostation in Raleigh on Thursday, July 23, 2015. Beane works with the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences and was recently honored by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission for his work cataloguing and helping protect the state's reptiles and amphibians.
Herpetologist Jeff Beane sits in his office at the lab at Prairie Ridge Ecostation in Raleigh on Thursday, July 23, 2015. Beane works with the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences and was recently honored by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission for his work cataloguing and helping protect the state's reptiles and amphibians. Tegan Johnston tjohnston@newsobserver.com
Herpetologist Jeff Beane sits in his office at the lab at Prairie Ridge Ecostation in Raleigh on Thursday, July 23, 2015. Beane works with the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences and was recently honored by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission for his work cataloguing and helping protect the state's reptiles and amphibians. Tegan Johnston tjohnston@newsobserver.com

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