AMANDA SARGENT

conservationist/herpetologist/advocate

"Today is Earth day, but to me, it's just another day. Every single day I love and appreciate this place called Earth. She has shown me all the beauty and magic in the world, and she is our only home. So many people spend their lives looking for gods and creators, when the real divinity is all around us. Our Earth gives us everything we need to survive, and yet we are taking more; so much more. We are truly a parasite to this beautiful planet and all the creatures we share it with, and she'll get sick first before she fights back - we are only screwing ourselves in the end, because we cannot live without her, and if we make it so that the Earth can't live with us, she will wipe us off. I challenge all of you to get outside and fall in love with this planet today and everyday. We only protect the things we love. Our Earth needs us now, and we have always and will always need our Earth."

What a handsome fellow 😍🎩 Loved working with this guy at @newenglandreptile

Conceited. Pathetic. Fake. I’ve heard it all when it comes to sharing my passion for animals on social media. Even though I work hard to not only educate people about wildlife but to actually go out into the field to study and conserve animals, people automatically discount my work because I’m a woman. They say I do it all for attention, but you know what? I’m proud to be a strong woman in this field and I wouldn’t have it any other way, selfies and all!

Keanu, my handsome valentine 🕷

Me and Snoopy are out here at the GA Adopt-A-Stream confluence! One of the most important parts about being a conservationist is getting out there and sharing the wonders of these animals with others!! Endless thanks to @groverbrown and @deadsnake_greg for the rockin’ Turtles of GA slideshow!

Spanish Ribbed Newt being adorable and saying hi!

A part of sharing my passion for animals others normally wouldn’t consider fascinating is simply being myself, getting just as excited as I always do about them, because enthusiasm is contagious. 😁🐍

More glass frog cuteness for you guys! They’re SO beautiful, and I’m glad people are able to appreciate them. Amphibians are among the most imperiled group of animals on Earth, and they’re so misunderstood and overlooked. Any way we can get people excited about these amazing and important little animals is so vital to their survival!

Outreach matters!! Ober and I are out here doing the thing! Snake Day at the Fernbank Science Center! I love sharing the passion for reptiles and all animals with the public, especially kids. It’s so important that as many of us as animal lovers, owners and advocates do as much outreach as we can!

Instead of trying to make your life perfect, give yourself the freedom to make it an adventure, and go ever upward 💫

Another one of my favs for #internationalturtleandtortoiseweek! 🐢This is a beloved native species to my state of Georgia, the gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) The gopher tortoise is an important keystone species in the ultra biodiverse longleaf pine forests! With their incredible digging abilities, the gopher tortoise constructs burrows that provide a home for some 360 other animal species! Sadly, they are also rapidly disappearing because of humans.

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