Wisconsin Reptiles - May and June 2013

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Heaven
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Wisconsin Reptiles - May and June 2013

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Here a few of the photos I've taken so far this year.

Snapping Turtles:

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Painted Turtles:

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Frogs and Toads:

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Snakes:

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Thanks for looking!

Philrezin1
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Re: Wisconsin Reptiles - May and June 2013

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Awesome pictures man! You definitely have better luck in that state then I ever have! Cant wait to see what you find the rest of the season! Phil

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I really like the third snapper shot, first painted turtle shot, and the last redbelly snake shot. Excellent shots all around but those were my favorites.

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Re: Wisconsin Reptiles - May and June 2013

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Thanks for the compliments fellas. :)

Which area of the state do you herp Philrezin1?

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Re: Wisconsin Reptiles - May and June 2013

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I have only ever herped around Adams County, and in all honestly my family got the cabin right before I went to college and stuff so my experience in the area is more from back then. That said recently I put some AC down and spent considerable amount of time checking out the ********** area (very near my cabin). I am planning to make more time to get up there, and really make more time for herping in general. A weekend at the cabin and a weekend at snake road just aint cutting it really. Also in the last couple years I've met with some herpers in the Rockford area and this forum has also been a catalyst for me getting back into the swing of things!

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I'm not familiar with **********, I'll have to check a map. What kind of materials did you put down. I have had good luck with unsanded plywood and tin sheets. Garters seem to prefer the plywood. I think because it allows more moisture to get underneath. If there are garters in the vacinity they will usually find the AC within a week. Some people will say that it's not worth looking this time of year. I say hogwash. I continue to have good luck before 11 am or after 5 pm.

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Ye gods that Timber pic in a perfect world should be framed on my wall right now.

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Very nice collection of shots here. You've been seeing some great stuff.

Philrezin1
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Heaven, I put down plywood of varying thicknesses, a bit of roofing tin, some old doors, carpet, and some shingles! I wont have a chance to check it for quite some time though.

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Re: Wisconsin Reptiles - May and June 2013

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Very nice photos, they are all so bright and clear. Out of curiosity what camera do you use and do you brighten the images/add more light somehow?

-Corey

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I use one of the following:
Canon T2i w/ Tamron 90mm macro
Canon 7D w/ 70-300mm L

I usually shoot in landscape profle which I think adds some brightness and saturation to the photos.

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You have some good gear to be shooting in "modes". You could really increase the look of your photos if you learned to use it in Manual mode!

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Let me clarify. I shoot aperature priority (Av). I use the canons landscape picture style for most jpegs.

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That makes me want to get out and find my lifer prairie ringer! Also, nice pic of the garter eating the toad. I need to do my WI spring and summer post soon...before Ben gets around to posting some of the same stuff!

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Out of curiousity I checked out the ******** area today. The gnats and horseflies were terrible but I still managed to hike the entire trail. Wooded area with sandy soil and two teirs of bluffs. Very few rocks that were loose or small enough to move. I saw a turtle's nest that had been uncovered by an animal so there must be water near though I saw no sign of it in the immediate area.

No herptiles or rodents of any kind. The only wildlife I saw were bluejays, turkeys (lots of them) and turkey vultures. I did find a nice patch of wild blueberries so the day wasn't a total loss.

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Here's a few more Wisconsin natives I can cross of my list:

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LOL!!!!! phil you bad boy. i didn't realize you spilled the beans on that one spot in the middle of nowhere(wink wink). that cracks me up. i feel slightly bad for giving heaven a scolding. by the way heaven, the spot has much potential. put in the time and you will be happy.

phil, phil, phil. what am i going to do with you? go herping again. sounds good to me.

-ben

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