A few recent finds

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A few recent finds

Post by Noah M » November 30th, 2014, 4:42 pm

Can anyone else tell that things are slowing down?

Rains a while ago brought some fun creatures out, including very large spadefoots.
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I found these a few hundred yards apart. I found one during some heavy rain and grabbed it hoping I could find a dry a spot nearby to do some photography, but then quickly found the other. I gave up trying to find a dry spot for both, so I let them go together, as seen. What are the odds they're related?

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My boards in my garden have been slowing down. Here is the most recent resident.
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Cricket Frogs have been plentiful.
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I wasn't really expecting to find this Slimy salamander under the small log that I flipped, but it was there. It really was more of a piece of log, or thick bark that had fallen off a nearby tree.
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This is more of what I was expecting to find - Greenhouse Frog - and there were several with this one being the most cooperative for the camera.
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While my face was down to the ground loking for things under logs my wife spotted this Eastern Fence Lizard out sunning itself.
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She also spotted this during our hike. She at first thought it was a bit of sap, but she followed it up to find it had a "jelly bean head" which tipped her off it was indeed a baby yellow rat snake. We never touched it because honestly, this is a pretty cool place to find a snake, wedged into the bark of a giant pine tree.
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And to round things out we hit up a local state park today for birds, but of course there were a few other things around.
I count 19 alligators in this picture.
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I would venture to say this is a Peninsula Cooter. Red-belly Cooter. These things are tough to ID from a distance.
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And while not a herp, it is neat seeing these around.
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Re: A few recent finds

Post by soulsurvivor » November 30th, 2014, 5:11 pm

I've been to Payne's Prairie a couple times, and never saw any bison. Cool picture!

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Re: A few recent finds

Post by Carl D. May » December 1st, 2014, 5:48 am

Finding juvenile rat snakes (both grey and yellow) on the roads at night is always a rush for me. They appear as just some little random stick at first but when you take the time to stop and go back and look, you wonder how you ever saw them in the first place.
They also seem to be active much later into the night than the adults do too.
That tree hugger was really cool!

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Re: A few recent finds

Post by HerpMan ATL » December 1st, 2014, 3:45 pm

Great finds. I love the Rat Snake in the pine bark. Great shot.

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Re: A few recent finds

Post by Noah M » December 1st, 2014, 8:39 pm

The more I see rat snakes the more I understand why people like them (and corns) as pets. They're really cute. Thank you all for your compliments.

The bison was just pure luck - as was actually the rat snake on the tree.

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Re: A few recent finds

Post by BillMcGighan » December 2nd, 2014, 5:26 am

Good one.
Perfect timing for yoy rats at your latitude.


Eggs have hatched; rains permit dispersal tactics; little devils have absorbed yolks and are hungry for their most common FL food: anoles and tree frogs.


I did have a British friend who was severely injured when he tried to wash his hands in the bison. :roll: :roll: :roll: (sorry - that was a reach)

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