Carter Caves April 24, 25 and 26

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Carter Caves April 24, 25 and 26

Post by tspuckler » April 26th, 2015, 7:18 pm

I accompanied 18 high school students from Independence, OH on their annual Biology Society Spring Trip.

Rat Snake.
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A colorful Eastern Box Turtle.
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We saw a few Five-lined Skinks - this was one of them.
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The only Slimy Salamander seen on the trip.
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Bat in a cave.
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Longtail Salamander.
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A cool rock formation.
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We saw this Red Eft walking in the rain.
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Bigheaded Ground Beetle.
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A tiny Ringneck Snake.
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Exploring Cascade Cave.
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One of several Ravine Salamanders seen on the trip.
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A tiny crayfish.
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We saw a few Eastern Fence Lizards, including this one.
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There were a number of wildflowers in bloom, including Phlox.
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Dusky Salamander.
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A Cave Cricket casting a spooky shadow.
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We only found one Worm Snake on the trip.
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Leopard Moth caterpillar.
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Trillium.
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Two-lined Salamanders were surprisingly uncommon.
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Six-spotted Tiger Beetle.
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A larval Red Salamander seen in Cascade Cave.
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It was a great time.

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Re: Carter Caves April 24, 25 and 26

Post by rtdunham » April 26th, 2015, 7:38 pm

People unfamiliar with Ravine Salamanders may not appreciate how much credit you deserve for that excellent photo of a tiny worm-sized critter. Cool!

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Re: Carter Caves April 24, 25 and 26

Post by Chaitanya » April 26th, 2015, 7:55 pm

Nice pics.

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Re: Carter Caves April 24, 25 and 26

Post by Hans Breuer (twoton) » April 26th, 2015, 8:55 pm

The much-underestimated steaming jungles of Ohio! Who'dathunk it ... love the Leopard Moth and the Tiger Beetle, and that rock formation (wtf, how did it get that way?)

Thanks very much for sharing!

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Re: Carter Caves April 24, 25 and 26

Post by daniel.michelle » April 26th, 2015, 11:09 pm

Dang that stuff is awesome!!!

Honestly you could have said that was florida, Australia, or a rainforest and I would have totally fallen for it. Never underestimate us more northern states for being nice and foresty

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Re: Carter Caves April 24, 25 and 26

Post by mothman » April 27th, 2015, 7:10 am

What a wonderful trip to Carter Caves, which is a state park in eastern Kentucky. You found an incredible number of salamanders. I have been to Carter Caves State Park numerous times and I have never been as successful as you have been finding herps. April 25th must have been a great day for salamanders since it rained most of the day. I live in Huntington, WV, which is an hours drive east of the state park.

Mitch

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Re: Carter Caves April 24, 25 and 26

Post by pjfishpa » April 27th, 2015, 5:42 pm

Great spring herping trip there! Nice pics. Thanks for posting.

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Re: Carter Caves April 24, 25 and 26

Post by SurfinHerp » April 27th, 2015, 8:51 pm

Thanks for sharing the excellent photos!
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