Jumping on the year review bandwagon

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Jumping on the year review bandwagon

Post by Tuataurifer » December 7th, 2014, 6:24 pm

Hey guys, I guess its basically the end of the year so Ill jump to the cool kids table and show off my year. You'll notice as the year moved on, i got better with my recently acquired DSLR

For me it started with a job interview In Baltimore in early 2014. I took this opportunity to meet with Ryan, Santosh, Ali, and Dane to do some salamandering.


Plethodon cinereus
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Plethodon chlorobryonis
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Some good friends goofin around!
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A few weeks later a mass migration of young adult herpers made their way to Florida, including myself and a group of midwestern friends. The trip emphasized on southern and central Florida.

Neoseps reynoldsi
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Gopher
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Pet shop snake
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EDB
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Southern pine snake
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South Florida Mole King...I know quite a few of you are jealous of this guy!
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American Crocodile
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Me with an odd baby alligator
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crazy snake people
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By the time we returned home to the good old midwest, things started to warm up a bit. Friends came and went, and a good variety of species were encountered in Missouri and the north and south of Illinois.

Nice Southern IL tiger
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Ringed salamander
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Illinois chorus frog Pseudacris illinoensis
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Timber
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Sand prairie racer
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"This is my swamp"
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Hill prairie racer
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Northern IL Western Hog
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Some familiar faces!
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An emoryi in Illinois is ALWAYS a big deal.
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Tired of racers of different locals yet? Dolomite prairie in Northern IL.
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North IL Bull
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Some good dudes photographing a monster red milk
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Black rat Profile
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At some point in early summer, I had a quarter life crisis and fled back to Florida to clear my head.

Pygmy
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Chicken turtle
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Youngin
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Greater siren
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Eastern Mud
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Cuban tree frog
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Larger animal
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Knight anole
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I ended the trip with a quick stop in the mountains to flip this nice Pseudotriton
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Finally, my year ended with a romantic get away with my girl friend in the Smoky mountains.

King of the Plethodons, yohanalossee
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Plethodon jordani
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Eastern Hellbender
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Me and the gal
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...and well end the post, and at that the year, with a beautiful scenic view. Thanks to all friends and colleagues helping to make 2014 amazing.
Thanks for looking guys, see you out in the field this year!

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Re: Jumping on the year review bandwagon

Post by Tyler Hake » December 7th, 2014, 6:34 pm

I forgot you guys got that little pine. Good stuff bro.

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Post by DracoRJC » December 7th, 2014, 7:01 pm

I miss you <3

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Post by walk-about » December 7th, 2014, 7:51 pm

That Hellbender shot is epic! Gator shot so well framed. Loved all of these...especially the RUN DMC pose. LoL. Would love to know the story behind that FL Pituophis...how it was found and conditions. That snake is really nice! Thanks for posting all of these excellent pics.

Dave

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Re: Jumping on the year review bandwagon

Post by mtratcliffe » December 7th, 2014, 8:09 pm

Looks like you had a great year! Never heard of a sand prairie before - was that taken in IL? I certainly did not know that cacti grew there. I spent a few years in IL near St. Louis.

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Re: Jumping on the year review bandwagon

Post by Tuataurifer » December 8th, 2014, 7:37 am

DracoRJC wrote:I miss you <3
Miss you doofus.
Tyler Hake wrote:I forgot you guys got that little pine. Good stuff bro.
Thanks bud, me, mike and Duan almost missed out on it. Glad we turned around when we did.
walk-about wrote:That Hellbender shot is epic! Gator shot so well framed. Loved all of these...especially the RUN DMC pose. LoL. Would love to know the story behind that FL Pituophis...how it was found and conditions. That snake is really nice! Thanks for posting all of these excellent pics.

Dave
Thanks! Found cruising late morning, mild cloud cover, in the upper 70s I believe?
mtratcliffe wrote:Looks like you had a great year! Never heard of a sand prairie before - was that taken in IL? I certainly did not know that cacti grew there. I spent a few years in IL near St. Louis.
That particular one was taken at a sand prairie in southern Missouri along the IL border. We have spots in Illinois where prickly pear is very abundant though. I live on the IL side and work in St. Louis as well.

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Re: Jumping on the year review bandwagon

Post by Soro » December 8th, 2014, 6:37 pm

There are some really cool pictures here, Justin! I really like the eastern diamondback. And that tiger puts Randall to shame!

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Re: Jumping on the year review bandwagon

Post by IllinoisGuy » December 9th, 2014, 12:20 pm

Great stuff man! That emoryi is a big deal, congrats on that.

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Post by Mike Pingleton » December 10th, 2014, 11:52 am

Cool stuff, but the IL emoryi wins the trophy for me!

-Mike

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Re: Jumping on the year review bandwagon

Post by Tuataurifer » December 12th, 2014, 2:16 pm

IllinoisGuy wrote:Great stuff man! That emoryi is a big deal, congrats on that.
Mike Pingleton wrote:Cool stuff, but the IL emoryi wins the trophy for me!

-Mike
Thanks guys, I've found a handful of DORs so a live one was an amazing experience.

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Re: Jumping on the year review bandwagon

Post by pjfishpa » December 12th, 2014, 5:53 pm

Congrats on a great year! Jealous of that Hellbender for sure man. Get down there almost yearly and have yet to see one! Nice post man.

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