Obx HERPS on vacation

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Damian
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Obx HERPS on vacation

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First morning started off with a bang! An OBX Kingsnake slithering by our boardwalk to the beach! A lifer for me.
After I set him down he laid there belly up for what I thought was a pretty cool pic!

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OBX kingsnake by Damian Fallon, on Flickr


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OBX kingsnake by Damian Fallon, on Flickr


The cottonmouth was the one species I was hoping to see during my trip to the south. I found one in the second place I looked.

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Cottonmouth by Damian Fallon, on Flickr


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Cottonmouth by Damian Fallon, on Flickr


Then we helped what I believe is a mud turtle across the road. If you know which species of mud turtle this is I would love to know. Another lifer!

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image by Damian Fallon, on Flickr


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image by Damian Fallon, on Flickr


Probably not a big deal down here but another lifer for me!
Yellow bellied slider helped across a back road.

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Yellow bellied slider by Damian Fallon, on Flickr


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Yellow bellied slider by Damian Fallon, on Flickr


A southern leopard frog? Another lifer.

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Leopard frog by Damian Fallon, on Flickr


A couple non herps.

Some black bears in the Alligator River NWR.


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Black bears by Damian Fallon, on Flickr


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Black bears by Damian Fallon, on Flickr


A couple wild horses.

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Wild horses of Corolla by Damian Fallon, on Flickr


My daughter and I with a black tip shark or maybe a spinner or maybe a sandbar. IDing sharks is harder than turtles. Lol.


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image by Damian Fallon, on Flickr


A couple parting shots.


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Sea turtle nest by Damian Fallon, on Flickr


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OBX by Damian Fallon, on Flickr

Thanks for looking.

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Mike VanValen
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Dude, I was just researching OBX herps. I might have a chance in the future to stay out there for a while. You have an eastern mud turtle, and yes, a southern leopard frog. That OBX king is gorgeous....you found it on the crawl? Even better!

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The Cottonmouth shots are pretty awesome. I have yet to find one cruising through the water like that. They have this way of just looking awesome while doing whatever they're doing.

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Great pics! Love that King. I was in OBX last summer and loved it. You did great!

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pete
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That first cottonmouth shot is awesome! Your whole trip looks great!
The shark is a sandbar. The front of the dorsal lines up about a third of the way in the pectoral. A blacktip or dusky will line up with the end of the pectoral. Fun to catch no matter what species :thumb:

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Thanks for the help with the ID's guys! I only got out a couple mornings during the week, I couldn't imagine what you could see if you were able to spend some serious time down there.
I also had a rainbow snake by the tail but most of it got down a hole, I let go so as not to harm it and was not able to get a picture. Still a cool lifer!
ALOT of DOR's along the main highway, I was not able to stop to check any out.

Good luck if you get down there Mike!

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Love it. I hope to make it back there again sometime if you time it right the herping there is fantastic.

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Mike VanValen
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Anyone know if canebrakes and pigmy rattlers are found out there?

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brick911
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I'm going down this Saturday for a week. My girlfriend (I live with her and we have five kids in between us) keeps reminding me this is a family vacation. ...uh huh.

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Brick- I've seen your pictures, I have a feeling your family won't mind a little herping! Lol.
Good luck down there. Can't wait to see your pics.

Mike- I saw some info that said canebrakes were possible. No first hand knowledge though.

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