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Missouri Trip Report

Post by Eitan » February 21st, 2012, 4:16 pm

Had the pleasure of herping with a bunch of great herpers last June in Missouri. Many thanks to Wayne, Mike, and Ryan for all your help and hospitality!

Full report on my website; highlights below.

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Red Milk Snake

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Ornate Box Turtle

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Ringneck with an identity crisis. First he kinks up like a Ratsnake . . .

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. . . then he rears up like a King Brown.

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Female Five-lined Skink with eggs

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Three-toed Box Turtle, also with eggs (unfortunately, they're insect eggs).

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Yellow-belly Racer (photo by Ron Grunwald)

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Speckled Kingsnake

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(photo by Ron Grunwald)
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Re: Missouri Trip Report

Post by reptilist » February 21st, 2012, 4:27 pm

Nice Eitan!
I loved driving through Missouri last summer, hope to do that again, the Ozarks are beautiful!

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Re: Missouri Trip Report

Post by KevColubrid » February 21st, 2012, 4:40 pm

Eitan,

Very cool! You were in great company, and had some nice finds for the time of year you were there. Missouri in the summer is definitely tough, but you guys made the most of it. Hats off all around!

Kevin

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Re: Missouri Trip Report

Post by John Martin » February 21st, 2012, 6:34 pm

Really, really nice photos Eitan. :thumb: Just curious regarding the pic of the triunguis - did it have an open wound to attract all of those egg laying flies?

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Re: Missouri Trip Report

Post by Kevin Messenger » February 21st, 2012, 6:44 pm

Hey Eitan, nice to see some more posts from you! It's been awhile (that I can recall at least). Did you catch all of the China series? They finally finished, ending with post #39

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Re: Missouri Trip Report

Post by Daniel D Dye » February 21st, 2012, 8:12 pm

I just finished reading your new post...excellent as always.

Herping with Mike P. is always interesting and I'm sure you guys got along well.

The Blow flies (Bottle Flies) all over the box turtle is interesting especially with all the eggs, which I believe are from the Blow flies. Was there fecal or something on the turtle? What attracted the flies?

Daniel

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Re: Missouri Trip Report

Post by billysbrown » February 22nd, 2012, 8:37 am

Nice post Eitan - I loved the ringneck with the identity crisis.

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Re: Missouri Trip Report

Post by Wayne_MO » February 22nd, 2012, 5:43 pm

Great pictures and report, Eitan!! :thumb: We really enjoyed herping with you and Ron! I am also appreciative that the snakes cooperated beyond expectations for the difficult time of year. While spring and fall are pretty sure bets, finding many of these species under rocks and on glades in the dry and heat of summer is a fairly tall order.

One of the best parts of trip reports is reliving each find all over again :beer:

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Re: Missouri Trip Report

Post by stlouisdude » February 22nd, 2012, 6:31 pm

Nice pics. Generally, May is my best month. Although, it seems timbers and copperheads are findable all summer long. However, I am often dumbfounded by my results or lack thereof. As far as Mo scenery goes, I really like Millstream gardens. I must confess I've never found a herp worth looking at there though lol though they surely are present.

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Re: Missouri Trip Report

Post by Gary2sons » February 22nd, 2012, 9:42 pm

Nice post Eitan!

Awesome pics as always, June can be tough in Missouri!
Herping with a great group too! :thumb:

Always enjoy your website! You have made many herping trips over the years.

Would recommend your website to anyone who hasn't checked it out!

Gary

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Re: Missouri Trip Report

Post by justinm » February 23rd, 2012, 6:20 am

You found some great stuff! I love herping in Missouri, and I'm sure you're a huge fan too.

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Re: Missouri Trip Report

Post by Eitan » February 23rd, 2012, 9:57 pm

Terry --- Thanks! I definitely recommend Missouri.

KevC --- Thanks for the reinforcement! I already knew I'd be in good company, but wasn't sure how well we'd do in June. Definitely exceeded my expectations.

John --- Thanks for kind words. Didn't notice any open wounds on the turtle, but it seemed to me its rear leg was kinda swollen. We didn't inspect too closely, wanted to avoid adding to its stress.

Kevin M --- Thanks. Yes, it has been a while. I did notice that you were in the process of re-posting the China series, but didn't realize you had finished. Send me an email if you want to talk about linking them again to a website.

Daniel --- Thanks, and you're right about Mike. Thanks also for the fly ID. As mentioned above, didn't see anything obvious that was attracting the flies, but we assumed they noticed something about the turtle we didn't.

Billy --- Thanks. It was like finding three snakes instead of one.

Wayne --- Backatcha. And one of the best parts of re-living the finds is recalling who we were with. It was great to see you again, thanks once more for being such an enormous help and fine company!

SLD --- Thanks. First time was in April, then this time in June; maybe next time I'll come in May!

Gary --- I agree about the group, and thanks for your kind words about the website, much appreciated.

Justinm --- Yep, MO is certainly a great state for herping.

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Re: Missouri Trip Report

Post by Darkhorse » February 24th, 2012, 4:17 am

I have seen flies and mosquitos in spring in the panhandle of FL hounding Gulf Coast Boxies. I didn't see anything obvious on the shell to attract them either. Interesting comparison.
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Re: Missouri Trip Report

Post by Bladeblaster » February 24th, 2012, 7:08 am

Very nice pics, the speckled king is awesome 8-)

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Re: Missouri Trip Report

Post by kcmatt » February 24th, 2012, 7:27 am

Good to see you have broken your syspila curse, Eitan! Thanks for the post.

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