I was back for my 5th year attending the annual gathering in the Hellhole area of Francis Marion National Forest in Berkeley County, South Carolina. I am an amateur herpetologist and the creator of South Carolina Reptiles and Amphibians.

Each spring, Jeff Holmes and his fans gather for a weekend of nature interpretation, fellowship, and music. Jeff is a philosopher turned song writer and naturalist. He performs in the two person group known as The Floating Men. Over the years, he has attracted a loyal group of followers who call themselves The Floattilla. By day, Jeff is a Conservation Planner/Senior Field Biologist for Conservation Southeast, Inc. Jeff is also very active in Southeastern Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (SEPARC).

This year we had about 25 participants. Experienced herpers, including me, served as guides for the others. So not to mislead, let me say that our brand of herping was more arm chair, or car seat, than macho herping in the swamp and forest.

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SC Reptiles and Amphibians: Hellhole 2007