Alan St. John

Native Oregonian Alan D. St. John lives in Bend, where he is a freelance naturalist, writer, and photographer. A specialist in herpetology, he wrote the field guide Reptiles of the Northwest (2002) and Oregon's Dry Side: Exploring East of the Cascade Crest (2007). St. John's work has appeared in National Geographic, Outdoor Photographer, Country, Natural History, and the New York Times. He also worked as a reptile keeper at the Oregon Zoo and conducted extensive herpetological field surveys for several agencies.     

Author's Entries

  • Owyhee Canyonlands

    Situated in the far southeastern corner of Oregon, the Owyhee Canyonlands is one of the wildest regions in the contiguous United States. This scenically stunning stone labyrinth of chasms and furrowed badlands was created over eons by the erosive actions of the Owyhee River. The waters flow northward in …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Rattlesnakes in Oregon

    The rattlesnake is the only dangerously venomous reptile in Oregon. Among the state's native wildlife, few other animals generate as many fears, false perceptions, and tall tales. In reality, however, few people see rattlesnakes in the wild. They want to be left alone and will never advance toward a human. …

    Oregon Encyclopedia