Monday, July 23, 2007

Local herping

No new lifers this time around, but a fun trip. Amanda, Ritt, Mike and I hit two local spots that we visited earlier in the summer, hoping to see more Coal Skinks and Green Snakes. We didn't (well, we didn't catch any I should say).

We pull out some beautiful redbellies pretty fast:

We didn't pull a whole lot more out of that site, so we headed back down:

We scoured a field at the base of that hill for some snakes and blueberries:

I was able to chase down two flutterbys (a third, a big unidentified fritillary, got away):

Common Wood-Nymph
Pearly Crescent

Next we checked a small pond in the area.

Mike bent down in the grass, searching. Suddenly he let out a big whoop, and pulled up this beauty:


She's the biggest Nerodia sipedon (Northern Watersnake) I've ever seen, a great big gravid female. She was pretty calm after giving Mike a nip.

Mike counted 40-some small punctures from all four upper jaw teeth rows. The big girl almost looks proud. I know Mike is:

We picked up a few unidentified Rana. Amanda claimed oddly colored and patterned Pickerel Frogs, I can't help but wonder why the odd color and pattern matches Leopard Frogs

Here's a real Pickerel we caught later:

To top off our first spot, we flipped some rocks along a little creek for sallies. Nothing out of the ordinary. Amanda flipped big Wolf Spider guarding her egg sac:

We moved on to a second spot to try unsuccessfully for Coal Skinks and Green Snakes. We flipped this:

to find the sharpest-patterned Brown Snake I've ever seen:

In a bark pile we were digging in for skinks, I pulled out the remains of a Tiger Moth that I think was chewed up by the ants in the pile:

A few more miscellaneous shots. Another redbelly:

A Redback with a regenerating tail:

A large Redback:

A Redback nest:

And finally the belly red of a red belly:

1 comment:

  1. so many wonderful photos and looks like everyone had such a wonderful time! I love the redbacked salamander nest you found! If I remember right, the only land nest we have around here are the Red backs and slimy's right?