Herping MO/IL: annulatum, and more!

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Herping MO/IL: annulatum, and more!

Post by ThatFrogGuy » October 14th, 2013, 5:57 am

This past weekend I took a big herping road trip through Missouri and Illinois. Our main goal was to find a ringed salamander. But before that, we explored some Glades.
The most common inhabitants could be found, all of which were lifers for me.
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Prairie Ringneck Snake (Diadophis punctatus arnyi) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

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Prairie Ringneck Snake (Diadophis punctatus arnyi) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

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Lined Snake (Tropidoclonion lineatum) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

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Dwarf American Toad (Bufo americanus charlesmithi) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

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Three-toed Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina triunguis) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

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Western Slimy Salamander (Plethodon albagula) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

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8 by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

After that, we went over to a vernal to try for annulatum. On the way to the pond, we spotted this ribbon.
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Western Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus proximus) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

There wasn't much to flip, but frogs were abundant, including this lifer.
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Plains Leopard Frog (Rana blairi) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

After awhile of fruitless searching, we began to get discouraged. Then I spotted these under the edge of a log...
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Ringed Salamander (Ambystoma annulatum) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

That motivated us to look more. Eventually, Daniel found one under a dry dusty log about 30 feet from the pond!
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Ringed Salamander (Ambystoma annulatum) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

At this point we were ecstatic, everything from here was bonus. We packed up and headed down to Southern Illinois.

The road wasn't quite as productive as it had been in my last two visits, but we still had a great time and found some cool herps.
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Western Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus proximus) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

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Green Treefrog (Hyla cinerea) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

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Western Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorous leucostoma) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

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Yellow-bellied Water Snake (Nerodia erythrogaster flavigaster) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

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Yellow-bellied Water Snake (Nerodia erythrogaster flavigaster) in Defensive Display by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

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Cave Salamanders (Eurycea lucifiga) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

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Western Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus proximus) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

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Rough Green Snake (Opheodrys aestivus aestivus) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

Thanks for looking,

-Zach

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Re: Herping MO/IL: annulatum, and more!

Post by azatrox » October 14th, 2013, 6:03 am

Your scorpion is Centruoides vittatus, the Striped Bark scorpion.

-Kris

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Re: Herping MO/IL: annulatum, and more!

Post by ThatFrogGuy » October 14th, 2013, 7:23 am

Yea, I had it labeled on flickr but for some reason it didn't show up here..hmm. Thanks anyway.

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Re: Herping MO/IL: annulatum, and more!

Post by dayhl » October 14th, 2013, 10:17 am

That annulatum is beautiful! Very cool. I don't currently have the freedom or funds to do a road trip, but boy, would I have loved to see that!

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Re: Herping MO/IL: annulatum, and more!

Post by JakeScott » October 14th, 2013, 5:34 pm

Great photography work. That annulatum is one amazing Ambystomatid!

-Jake

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Re: Herping MO/IL: annulatum, and more!

Post by ThatFrogGuy » October 17th, 2013, 11:23 am

Thanks guys!

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Re: Herping MO/IL: annulatum, and more!

Post by Rich in Reptiles » October 17th, 2013, 11:46 am

That defensive display in the Nerodia is really awesome! Anti-predator displays really fascinate me! Nice set of photos!

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Re: Herping MO/IL: annulatum, and more!

Post by MattSullivan » October 17th, 2013, 2:13 pm

gotta love that ringed sal and the baby cotton

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