And the curse was lifted

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Shane_TX
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And the curse was lifted

Post by Shane_TX » May 3rd, 2014, 10:28 pm

Two weeks ago I had an opportunity to visit one of my favorite herping areas, and conditions were perfect. I decided to look for a particular snake that had always managed to elude my efforts in the field. Doing some rough math I know that I've personally put in a good 30+ field hours looking for them under good conditions, and combining that with friends who have accompanied me the man-hours are well over 45. And that's just at one locale with a very good population. Possibly a bit atypical in good habitat, but nonetheless a long time coming!

I did a quick drive through the area just to see if anything had changed in the last five years. Nothing to the naked eye. I parked at a spot where the snakes seemed to be more common than average based on roadcruising finds, and hit the woods with my cell phone. My mobility was a bit limited due to a double-whammy sprain (knee and ankle). I didn't want to aggravate matters too much, but still, it's a rare opportunity for me.

Habitat is post oak savannah with lots of water nearby:

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I don't think I was even five minutes into the field and hello:

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Perfect. I'll never forget that find. I snapped a couple of more photos and we parted ways.

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I looked around for about ten more minutes and called it a day......hard to beat that.

Shane

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Re: And the curse was lifted

Post by chris_mcmartin » May 4th, 2014, 4:09 am

Congratulations!

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Soopaman
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Re: And the curse was lifted

Post by Soopaman » May 4th, 2014, 6:01 am

Nice job!

I was out in, I'm guessing, the same area a couple of weeks ago as well and didn't quite have the same luck. I'll be up there again this coming week.

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Re: And the curse was lifted

Post by Tom Lott » May 4th, 2014, 8:52 am

Congratulations, Shane! Was that by any chance in one of those areas where they are known historically but few if any have been seen in the past few decades?

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Re: And the curse was lifted

Post by chrish » May 5th, 2014, 3:47 am

Congrats.

I went out with some researchers a few years back who worked on pygs in Florida. One of the things I learned from being in the field with them is that pygs are a lot more common than they appear to be and are incredibly easy to overlook. There are probably a few more in than first photo....somewhere.

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Re: And the curse was lifted

Post by John Williams » May 5th, 2014, 5:51 pm

Congrats Shane. That's a great way to find a hard earned target. I believe that same snake is at the top of my list for hours spent specifically targeting them with no success. Even at their most famous (or infamous) Texas locale. Maybe a tie with vernalis.

Great photos as well. Also some neat plants in there!

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Re: And the curse was lifted

Post by Soopaman » May 5th, 2014, 8:11 pm

I was pleasantly surprised to field herp one myself today! It was certainly a lot of work getting there.

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