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 Post subject: Houston/Gulf Coast May 2013
PostPosted: August 12th, 2013, 6:42 pm 

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A few of us visited the Houston and Texas Gulf Coast area in May. We were able to spend some time with Kyle (Soopaman) in the field and had some great success. This was the first time the rest of us were able to explore this area so we had many lifers.

Here is the list of things we found over the three days.

Thursday:
Gulf Coast Ribbon Snake
Western Coachwhip - 5
Cottonmouth - 4
Speckled King Snake - 6
Western Diamondback - 8
Texas Rat Snake
Broad Banded Water Snake

DORs:
Western Diamondback

Friday:
Rough Earth Snake
Southern Copperhead - 3
Buttermilk Racer
Louisiana Milk Snake
Texas Rat Snake - 3
Eastern Coachwhip
Tan Racer - 2
Unidentified Water Snake or Cottonmouth
Ribbon Snake
Canebrake/Timber

DORs:
Texas Rat - 2
Tan Racer
Eastern Coachwhip
Mud Snake

Turtles:
Three Toed Box Turtle - 2
Eastern River Cooter
TMTC Water/Pond Turtles

Saturday:
Ribbon Snake - 2
Eastern Coachwhip - 2
Broad Banded Water Snake - 2
Speckled King Snake
Western Coachwhip
Copperhead - 6
Texas Rat

DORs:
Texas Rat - 2
Coral Snake
Copperhead - 2

Grand total of 56 live snakes!

First snake found...Western Coachwhip
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Western Cottonmouth
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Western Coachwhip
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Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
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Speckled Kingsnake
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The next two Western Diamondbacks were found together under the same board
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Another good-sized Speckled King
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Juvenile Western CottonmouthImage


Banded Water SnakeImage


Rough Earth Snake
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Southern Copperhead
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Louisiana Milk Snake
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Buttermilk Racer
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Large Texas Rat Snake..this was also one of two found under the same board, both over 5 feet
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Eastern Coachwhip
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Three-toed Box Turtle
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This Southern Copperhead was spotted sitting in a bush a couple feet off the ground
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Where's the Copperhead?!
While photographing the Copperhead sitting in the bush, we realized there was another one lying on the ground right by our feet

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Texas Rat Snake looking very much like a black rat

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Two Western Coachwhips as found
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Young Southern Copperhead
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Canebrake Rattlesnake found AOR at approx 1100pm
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Three-toed Box Turtle
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Habitat shots...
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The last one of a family of wild boar that crossed the road
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 Post subject: Re: Houston/Gulf Coast May 2013
PostPosted: August 12th, 2013, 8:07 pm 
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Milt, glad you guys had a great trip!

Mind if I put some photos up that I took of you all during the herp encounters?


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 Post subject: Re: Houston/Gulf Coast May 2013
PostPosted: August 12th, 2013, 10:32 pm 
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I love seeing such great results nearby me. All I can find these days are copperheads, rats, moccasins, garters and ribbons. Congrats, great pics and finds.


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 Post subject: Re: Houston/Gulf Coast May 2013
PostPosted: August 13th, 2013, 5:35 am 

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I love seeing the western EDBs, and the beautiful buttermilk racer. Looks like a great trip.


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 Post subject: Re: Houston/Gulf Coast May 2013
PostPosted: August 13th, 2013, 6:11 am 

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Kyle, feel free to add some of your picts!


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 Post subject: Re: Houston/Gulf Coast May 2013
PostPosted: August 13th, 2013, 3:17 pm 
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Milt, these should help fill in some habitat gaps and show off you guys in your herping duds!

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Herpers Herping by Kyle L.E., on Flickr
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Herpers Herping by Kyle L.E., on Flickr
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Herpers Herping by Kyle L.E., on Flickr
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Herpers Herping by Kyle L.E., on Flickr
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Herpers Herping by Kyle L.E., on Flickr
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Herpers Herping by Kyle L.E., on Flickr
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Herpers Herping by Kyle L.E., on Flickr
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Herpers Herping by Kyle L.E., on Flickr

Another shot of that king Mike and Matt dug up under that floor mat:
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Lampropeltis getula holbrooki (Speckled Kingsnake) by Kyle L.E., on Flickr

And a little love for the baby atrox that was shacked up with the last king we found:

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Crotalus atrox (Western Diamondbacked Rattlesnake) by Kyle L.E., on Flickr


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 Post subject: Re: Houston/Gulf Coast May 2013
PostPosted: August 14th, 2013, 9:22 am 
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Love that Louisiana Milk...don't see too many of those on here


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 Post subject: Re: Houston/Gulf Coast May 2013
PostPosted: August 14th, 2013, 12:23 pm 
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Loved the entire post and the subsequent herper pictures.

:thumb:


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 Post subject: Re: Houston/Gulf Coast May 2013
PostPosted: August 18th, 2013, 3:40 am 

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Those Speckleds are outstanding! Great post and photos. Looks like you guys had a wonderful trip.

reako45


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 Post subject: Re: Houston/Gulf Coast May 2013
PostPosted: August 18th, 2013, 9:09 am 
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Nice variety of Masticophis or Coluber or Coachwhip or Racer...Nice job finding so many species.

Todd

PS - I say we stick with Masticophis at least for now.


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 Post subject: Re: Houston/Gulf Coast May 2013
PostPosted: August 18th, 2013, 9:15 am 
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A bunch of guys standing in a semi-circle on the road, cameras in hand. Yup, those are herpers.

Great post, I love that Buttermilk.


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