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Old 06-11-18, 09:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I guess I'll start another one of these. I really haven't been out much this year so far, but I do have a few photos I can share. I'm a snake man at heart, and am guilty of passing up lots of turtles, lizards, frogs, salamanders, etc. but I do get a photo of them sometimes, if they really want to be photographed.

Anyway, here's the photos I have so far:

Black Racer (Coluber constrictor)


Not a good photo, but I thought it was cool to see a gray rat snake (Pantherophis spiloides) doing what gray rat snakes do.


Yellow Bellied Slider, maybe?


Midland or common water snake (Nerodia sipedon pleuralis)


I believe this is a young Lithobates sphenocephala (southern leopard frog), but it might be a pickerel frog.


Fowler's Toad (Bufo fowleri)


Black king snake (Lampropeltis getula nigra)


Black king snake (Lampropeltis getula nigra)
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Eastern Newt, red eft stage (Notophthalmus viridescens)


Eastern Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis sauritus sauritus) (sorry for the poor focus)


Gray Rat Snake (Pantherophis spiloides)


Southern Painted Turtle (Chrysemys dorsalis)



That's it for now, but, hopefully, I can start getting out more.
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Very nice photos, eminart. They were all well-focused, in my opinion.
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Nice photos! Any particular strategies you use for finding herps on your ventures?
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Any particular strategies you use for finding herps on your ventures?
I do a little of everything. I drive the roads in the local wildlife refuge and nearby national forests. I hike the woods. And I have one place inside the city limits where I've scattered sheets of tin to provide habitat. I also hunt, fish, and kayak, all of which give me opportunities to see herps.
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I do a little of everything. I drive the roads in the local wildlife refuge and nearby national forests. I hike the woods. And I have one place inside the city limits where I've scattered sheets of tin to provide habitat. I also hunt, fish, and kayak, all of which give me opportunities to see herps.
I love kayaking. I don't hunt for reptiles when I do it, but it's a fun activity.
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And found another one of these today.

Eastern Black Kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula nigra)
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Wow, that's a lot of kings! They must be very popular where you hike.
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Very nice finds! I love the black kings. I found my first "true" black king in Mississippi earlier this year and was blown away by it. Keep up the good work!
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Went out this morning but the only live snake I found was a rat snake. He was a handsome fellow though. Unfortunately, DOR was a copperhead, corn snake, and timber rattler.

Pantherophis spiloides
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Very nice rat snake, eminart.
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Stopped at a spot on the way home from work yesterday. Didn't find much, and only had my phone - no camera. But, I got a couple of photos.

I think this is a Cave Salamander (Eurycea lucifuga)


And, this was the largest Five Lined Skink (Plestiodon fasciatus) I've ever seen. Unfortunately, I didn't get any photos that really showed his size. This is him playing peekaboo though.
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The salamander is so cute!
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Love the skink poking his head out
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I've decided to start doing some short "educational" videos of snakes native to Alabama, whenever I happen across them. I'm a terrible speaker so I bumbled and "ummed" my way through the first one. It's something I've been kind of thinking about doing, but I hadn't prepared at all. When I found this guy, the idea just popped back into my head. So, I left out a lot of info I would have liked to have shared. Hopefully, I can get a little better with that.

Anyway, here's a Dekay's Brown Snake I found yesterday.



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