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Another type of herp that is almost always photographed in-situ
Olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) right after she finished laying her eggs
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Ambystoma cingulatum. The reason for this grass climbing behavior is yet unknown.

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Awesome Kevin. I've heard it rumoured that its to guide them to their ponds by the reflection of moonlight on the water? Super cool regardless.

Here's an insitu from last night I was excited to see, though I wish I'd gotten it a bit sharper.
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Here's one from a couple of days ago. I've been trying to get a photo of this species (Scaphiopus hurterii) calling for a few years, but there are always fences in the way in Texas. :x
This time I was able to shoot through the fence.

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Ambystoma cingulatum. The reason for this grass climbing behavior is yet unknown.


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Prey perhaps? I noticed the locust to the right of the above pic

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Here's a Centralian Bearded Dragons P. vitticeps as found in NSW.
This guy was a very willing subject and after this picture, my dad reached down and gave him a pet
across the back. His response was to turn 180 degrees and then let me continue photographing for
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Green Rat Snake from south AZ. Didn't bail on me when I went in for some photos which was nice.
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Awesome Kevin. I've heard it rumoured that its to guide them to their ponds by the reflection of moonlight on the water? Super cool regardless.

A friend of mine who has been monitoring this species for a while thinks it may indeed be orientation related. Possibly that they are getting up there to look for the silhouettes of the cypress dome ponds they breed in. Apparently this silhouette orientation was shown in spadefoots or something like that. Getting up out of that dense wiregrass would certainly give them a better view of where they are going. I don't think I would buy the reflection theory, though. In the sea of dense vegetation they have to navigate, I don't think being a foot off the ground would give you enough elevation to see a reflection of the water. Even a person would have a tough time seeing that from any distance. Plus, they usually only migrate during rain events with heavy cloud cover (though this individual was found on a cloudless night).

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Prey perhaps? I noticed the locust to the right of the above pic

That is another theory. I don't think that particular insect would be prey for this salamander, but there are certainly plenty of appropriately sized critters running around.


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Rothdigga - Great shot. They are such a cool looking animal.

Here is the east's version of the rat snake squiggle.

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Wow, Flickr's 800 px resolution sure looks like they've dumbed it down. Nevertheless, some pics from last year:

Lampropeltis getula
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Crotalus horridus
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This is in situ, despite the fact that it appears as though this tree might have been peeled shortly before I spotted it. No one else in the group reported seeing this snake.
Lampropeltis triangulum elapsoides
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Pseudacris ocularis narrowly avoiding some flood-stricken fire ants.
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Confused Pseudacris nigrita with Pseudacris ornata amidst an identity crisis.
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Crotalus adamanteus
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One more rat snake. This is my favorite flavor of obsoletus.

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Sceloporus undulatus I found a couple days ago in Colorado. In situ.
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Probably the prettiest timber I saw all of last year. And perfectly coiled, too.

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A few people mentioned the difficulty of getting Little Grass Frog calling shots. I struggled with this guy last fall. There were other brighter colored individuals, but they were quick to hop away when I got too close. This one was pretty cooperative, but it was overcast and I was having camera issues. This is the best I could get.

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I believe this is the only time I have seen a coachwhip coiled on the surface like this.
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And a young coachwhip periscoping out of a burrow along a fence line.
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Crappy pic but hey...

more intraspecies interaction

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Relatively new herper - haven't free-handled too much so pretty much all my pics are in situ.

I usually only find Cottonmouths or the occasional Rat.

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A beautiful blacktail from southeast AZ.

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First frog in situ for me this year:


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C. o. oreganus peek-a-boo rock outcrop.

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Grass Frog (Fejervarya limnocharis)
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Happy to see this little one today.

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Nice Find Jim...from your 'paper-grading' spot? I'm seeing lots of HL's this year... :D
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A couple more stump snakes...

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Southern Black Racer

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Eastern Hognose with a Southern Toad that couldn't find the stumphole.


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Some species pose so well on their own, it would seem a shame to disturb them...
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Another C. o. oreganus.

This golden one just emerging in the morning last weekend:

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One thing that surprised me about Gopher Tortoises were how wary they were of people, it was surprisingly tough to snag a photo of one going about its business, they would spot me and make a dash.
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One small glimpse of a field pond thick with chorus frogs.
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Something from yesterday:

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Antaresia stimsoni, Ningaloo WA
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Nerodia sipedon, Eastern Ontario
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I like to come up on these guys all squiggled up.

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And a garter snake from this spring.

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Three Black-tailed Rattlesnakes laying out at a den in the Magdalena Mountains, New Mexico yesterday.


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Texas holbrooki as found:

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Here's a young Cottonmouth I found in Arkansas one very cold night while I was photographing some Spring Peepers. I almost waded right into it because it was almost completely under water.

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Almost didn't see this diamondback awkwardly splayed out in the cordgrass in coastal dunes, 10-20yards from the breakers:

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I'm jealous of all you guys posting herps from this year,we thought spring was here but just got dumped on with snow again a few nights ago.

Lizards at night tend to be pretty easy to get in-situ shots of, this lizard never budged while I was photographing him.
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Here's a California Striped Racer doing it's best "Blade-of-grass" impression:

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Lots of in-situ shots of NorPac Rattlers (San Mateo County) from this past weekend:

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Diamondback found on a cool morning a few meters from a tortoise burrow last week.

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Just about a foot from the stumphole...

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Greetings. I am new to this website / forum. This is my first post; I plan to join conversations in other areas of the forum shortly. Here is my contribution to this thread...

Although it is a close up and doesn't show the environment (and it is on a boardwalk trail), this shot is natural and was not set up at all. I was laying on the ground for 15 minutes without moving until this Garter snake returned to its sunbathing area. Taken with a Sigma 150mm macro on a Canon 7D, hand held...

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Greetings. I am new to this website / forum. This is my first post; I plan to join conversations in other areas of the forum shortly. Here is my contribution to this thread...

Although it is a close up and doesn't show the environment (and it is on a boardwalk trail), this shot is natural and was not set up at all. I was laying on the ground for 15 minutes without moving until this Garter snake returned to its sunbathing area. Taken with a Sigma 150mm macro on a Canon 7D, hand held...



That's really quite nice. I like the composition, the tongue, well done.


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