2015 so far in Indiana

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2015 so far in Indiana

Post by ThatFrogGuy » May 27th, 2015, 3:48 pm

So far, 2015 has been an awesome, jam packed year. Spending the winter in Northern Indiana was tough because winter herping is impossible most of the time. Still, there is beauty and wildlife to see.

ImageWabash River by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageCanadian Geese (Branta canadensis) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageMute Swan (Cygnus olor) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageBald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageGeese, Redheads, and Muskrat by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageHarrier Kill Track by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

I did manage to find a seep during one of my winter forays. An unseasonably warm day in January inspired me to see what herps inhabited it.
ImageSeep by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageSouthern Two Lined Salamander (Eurycea cirrigera) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageBlanchard's Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans blanchardi) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageNorthern Green Frog (Rana clamitans melanota) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr


Slowly, spring released it's grip, and I found some amphibians. The first being a Northern Leopard Frog. It's a bit of a mystery to me where this frog came from and where it was going. It was found in a tire rut that had filled with snowmelt between a (frozen) lake and near completely frozen vernal pool, after less than 48 hours over 40 degrees.
ImageNorthern Leopard Frog (Rana pipiens) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageNorthern Leopard Frog (Rana pipiens) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

Luckily, I returned home to Southern Indiana for spring break in time to catch the local salamander migration.
ImageSalamander Crossing by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageJefferson's Salamander (Ambystoma jeffersonianum) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageSpotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageWood Frogs (Rana sylvatica) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageWood Frogs (Rana sylvatica) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageMidland Chorus Frog (Psuedacris triseriata) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr '

Over spring break I went on a (family) vacation to Florida. That meant I could do little herping, but there were still cool life forms to be seen.
ImageJellyfish by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageSunset by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageOsprey (Pandion haliaetus) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageOsprey (Pandion haliaetus) feeding by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageFlorida Red-bellied Cooter (Psuedemys nelsoni) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageYellow-bellied Slider (Trachemys scripta scripta) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageSand Crab (Emerita benedicti) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageSand Crab (Emerita benedicti) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageClam by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageGhost Crab (Ocypode quadrata) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageHermit Crabs by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageComb Jelly by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageBottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

Back in Indiana. I had a longer post but didn't save often enough...so here's pictures.
ImageSouthern Two-lined Salamander (Eurycea cirrigera) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageEastern Newt (Notopthalmus viridescens) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageFence Lizard (Sceloporus undulatus) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageBowfin (Amia calva) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageNorthern Leopard Frog (Rana pipiens) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

Image"Chicago" Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis semifasciatus) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageMidland Chorus Frog (Psuedacris triseriata) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageMidland Chorus Frog (Psuedacris triseriata) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageSpotted Salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageSpring Peepers (Psuedacris crucifer) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageEastern Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageBurrowing Crayfish by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageVernal pool life by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageAmerican Toads (Bufo americanus) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageMidland Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon pleuralis) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageChicago Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis semifasciatus) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageMidland Brown Snake (Storeria dekayi wrightorum) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageChicago Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis semifasciatus) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

I made a trip to the famed Kankakee Sand Prairies in April, and found both targets 5 minutes and feet from each other!

ImageBullsnake (Pituophis catenifer sayi) and Western Fox Snake (Elaphe vulpina) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageBullsnake (Pituophis catenifer sayi) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageBullsnake (Pituophis catenifer sayi) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageWestern Fox Snake (Elaphe vulpina) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageWestern Fox Snake (Elaphe vulpina) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageWestern Fox Snake (Elaphe vulpina) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageChicago Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis semifasciatus) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageBullsnake (Pituophis catenifer sayi) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageTurtles by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageRed Eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageSmallmouth Salamanders (Ambystoma texanum) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageNorthern Leopard Frog (Rana pipiens) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageAmerican Toads (Bufo americanus) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageCommon Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina serpentina) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageBlue Racer (Coluber constrictor foxii) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageOrange-throat Darter (Etheostoma spectabile) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageSouthern Black Racer (Coluber constrictor priapus) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageMidwestern Worm Snake (Carphophis amoenus helenae) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageNorthern Ringneck Snake (Diadophis punctatus edwardsi) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageNorthern Green Frog (Rana clamitans melanota) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

Recently I went kayaking at a local lake. Typical aquatic herps were found...
ImageMidland Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta marginata) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

I came ashore for lunch, and then afterwards flipped a few rocks that looked good. I was rewarded with some surprising finds, a longtail and a young milk found on the crawl.
ImageLong-tailed Salamander (Eurycea longicauda) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageMilk Snake (Lampropeltis triangulum) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageMilk Snake (Lampropeltis triangulum) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

Other finds from that day:
ImageSouthern Black Racer (Coluber constrictor priapus) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageNorthern Slimy Salamander (Plethodon glutinosus) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageNorthern Ringneck Snake (Diadophis punctatus edwardsi) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

I was driving backroads recently (not herping) when suddenly, I noticed a stick on the road
ImageStick by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

Turned out to be this silly thing.
ImageTimber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

ImageTimber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) by Zach Truelock, on Flickr

Good way to end May! Some of you may know that I'm not exactly a rattlesnake fanatic (I hardly ever spend anytime looking for them) but they are very impressive animals and I'm stupid lucky to have found my own IN timber already given how little effort I've spent targeting them.

-Zach

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Re: 2015 so far in Indiana

Post by Carl Brune » May 29th, 2015, 1:16 am

Nice post. Good variety. Your first R. pippins are an interesting drab phase. I see a few like that in SE OH. Also like the snake on the road at the end.

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Re: 2015 so far in Indiana

Post by mtratcliffe » May 29th, 2015, 6:21 pm

Great macro shots, and it's always good to see some neat non-herp species on here. I enjoyed the crayfish and the darter. Also, that Bullsnake is stunning - I like how bold the colors are. Thanks for sharing!

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Re: 2015 so far in Indiana

Post by mfb » May 30th, 2015, 5:08 am

Very nice! I initially saw some of these as you posted them on Flickr, but it is cool to see them together in a single post.

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Re: 2015 so far in Indiana

Post by Noah M » June 1st, 2015, 9:08 am

Nice assortment. I really like this post because I'm from Indiana and now live in Florida, so it gives me a nice mix of stuff I'm familiar with.

Your first or second pipiens looked like a Pickerel frog on first glance. Anybody know if they hybridize?

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Re: 2015 so far in Indiana

Post by Barry R » June 13th, 2015, 10:33 am

good stuff

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Re: 2015 so far in Indiana

Post by VICtort » June 13th, 2015, 5:00 pm

Nice work. I am not an experienced photographer, will you briefly explain how you did the darter shot? Really nice, one just focuses on the subject...no distractions. Is that a studio or trick or photo-shop or?

The Kankakee couple are way cool, lucky you.

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Re: 2015 so far in Indiana

Post by Noah M » June 16th, 2015, 2:27 pm

I was thinking about that Indiana timber BTW. What a rare find. When I was at Purdue I know the herpetology professor knew of ONE den site in Indiana for them. I think there was fear that they would be extirpated from the state.

Nice job! :thumb:

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Re: 2015 so far in Indiana

Post by ThatFrogGuy » June 18th, 2015, 5:33 pm

Thanks everyone!

The Leopard does resemble a pickerel, but it was 100% leopard in person.

For the darter shot, I used a special "teaching photographic tank" I got from Carolina lab supply. It's v shaped and makes photographing aquatic life very simple. I put a black cloth behind it for the shot and further cleaned up the background in Photoshop.

Timbers in IN are indeed very special. I don't believe they're in immediate danger of extirpation yet (from the region they remain) but they have declined/disappeared elsewhere across the state.

What's funny is I have randomly come across another since this post!

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Re: 2015 so far in Indiana

Post by Noah M » June 20th, 2015, 6:58 am

What I always thought was weird was I never read anything about concerns of their numbers in Kentucky. I'm not sure what kind of swimmers they are, but I figure there must be some of them swimming across the river. And the habitat of southern Indiana is basically Kentucky, so I figure they must be hanging on down there somewhat.

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