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 Post subject: Some lifers...plus a bit more
PostPosted: April 30th, 2012, 3:16 pm 

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Yesterday, I went on a nice little field trip with a few people from the forum to a few different spots. It was my first outing with anyone else but my friends and family, and I loved what we saw...

my first find of the day was a nice bullfrog
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the second was a beautiful and very dark little prairie rattler
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the second rattler was my third herp of the day, and it was a little larger than the first
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we moved on to a new spot after that, and soon found another bullfrog of which I did not photograph

I was following a couple guys who seemed to be having good luck with W. yellow-belly racers, although they had not yet caught one. I started to flip logs and stuff, hoping for a lifer yellow-belly, but had no luck...until BAM! I found a log untouched with a perfect entrance and exit. and her's what lay under it...
Lifer Yellow-Belly Racer, Juvenile:
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he did a little belly-flip for me, soon before bolting into the log
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meanwhile, Tim (TimCO) had tracked down two targets for the trip- one of which was a lifer for mwah.
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Lifer Red-Sided Garter snake!

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he also got a Big, Beautiful, Bullsnake
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the last find at that locale was this beautiful little W. yellow-bellied racer. she's pretty, huh?
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we left that place, to go in search of milks...hehe, another lifer for me
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and guess what Joe Farah pulled out from under a rock?
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Lifer Milk snake!

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next up was a lifer Black-Headed snake
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it wasn't long until someone plucked another, more colorful one from the ground
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another racer was also found, but I didn't get pics

not long after the milk snake discovery, a woman came down the trail saying she saw a young, possibly injured prairie rattler a little ways down. some people bolted towards the locale, while others didn't take much interest in it. in my opinion, she was the best looking rattler I've ever seen, although I haven't seen many.
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and now, quite possibly the best picture I've ever taken
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the last snake of the day was a big, grumpy, crotalus viridis
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and finally, a nice pic of Joe and the 3rd rattler
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total species found yesterday were:

5 Crotalus Viridis
3 W. yellow-bellied racers
1 Red-Sided Garter snake
1 Milk snake
1 dead painted turtle?
Several Bullfrogs
2 Bullsnakes
1 unidentified turtle found by Jake
2 Tantilla

please correct me if I missed one or two :)

thanks for lookin,
-Ian


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 Post subject: Re: Some lifers...plus a bit more
PostPosted: April 30th, 2012, 4:59 pm 

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oh yeah, Tim also found two Plains Garters :)
-Ian


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 Post subject: Re: Some lifers...plus a bit more
PostPosted: May 1st, 2012, 7:13 am 
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Good times for sure! I'm glad you got so many lifers. Your pics came out awesome! It was nice to get out with you and the other guys. Also, your mom was the hero of the group for grabbing lunch :) I'm glad you had fun, and again, great shots.

Here's the shot i was taking in that last pic of yours... i wish i'd taken more time to get the snake in a good pose and in crisp focus

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 Post subject: Re: Some lifers...plus a bit more
PostPosted: May 1st, 2012, 9:42 am 
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Are you sure that Joe found something on his own, or did he grab it from someone and claim it? Did Joe eat any of the snakes you guys found?


It's cool to see someone posting their lifers in all seriousness.


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 Post subject: Re: Some lifers...plus a bit more
PostPosted: May 1st, 2012, 2:12 pm 
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justinm wrote:
Are you sure that Joe found something on his own, or did he grab it from someone and claim it? Did Joe eat any of the snakes you guys found?


It's cool to see someone posting their lifers in all seriousness.


So when are you going to invite me out there to steal and eat all the snakes you find?


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