Best Night of the Year So Far

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Noah M
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Best Night of the Year So Far

Post by Noah M » June 9th, 2015, 12:13 pm

I've been heading to North Florida off and on for the past few weeks trying to find a canebrake (timber) rattler. Well last night I scored, and got a bit more than I was aiming for. Here is a run down of events.

Cruised up through Union County and saw a gopher tort along the way
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Cruised around Baker and Columbia Counties for about an hour, and then saw this 3' snake sittin on the edge of the road.
Oh man was I excited!
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I tried my luck for some more day species - saw a black racer that I didn't voucher. As the sun was setting, in very short order I cruised up not one, not two, but three glass lizards. One of which escaped into the bushes and I don't like chasing them down; their tails break too easily.

Eastern Glass Lizard #1
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#2
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#2 Up-close
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Then there was a Florida water snake.

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After the first water snake, there was this cute little Pygmy Rattler
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And then after that, there were two water snakes on the road. I was able to photograph one, but the other (like the glass lizard) darted into the bushes.

The last two glass lizards, pygmy, and 3 water snakes were all found within about 15 minutes.

Watersnake #2
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Then came the corns. I found 2, again in pretty short order. One AOR (pictured below) was found about 5 min after the double cruised waters and one DOR 10 minutes after the AOR corn. It turns out, that would be the only DOR for the night.
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Snake movement was slowing down, and I thought after the DOR corn all I would see would be more DORs. Boy was I wrong! A small thunderstorm started to blow in, and that evidently got a few more things moving.

I saw this pine needle slither across the road and instead of being a freaky needle it was actually a Pinewoods Littersnake
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Then I saw this head break over the white line on the side of the road. I jumped out to investigate and found this 20" coral snake hunting in the grass on the shoulder. I had my macro lens and I tried to get a better pic of the coral snake, but it was large and fast. It darted into the bushes and like heck I was going to chase it down!
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And then maybe 10 minutes after that I found a coral snake mimic - a Scarlet snake! This one I don't mind picking up ;)

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Herp Count Recap:
1 gopher tort
1 canebrake rattler
1 black racer (ignored voucher photo)
3 eastern Glass lizards (1 escaped voucher)
3 watersnakes (1 escaped voucher)
1 pygmy rattlesnake
2 corn snakes (one DOR)
1 pinewoods littersnake
1 coral snake
1 scarlet snake
15 total finds
10 different speices
I'm ignoring the countless frogs and toads that were seen through the night as well.

Holy Cow what a Good night!!! :D

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Re: Best Night of the Year So Far

Post by InfantryVeteran » June 9th, 2015, 12:23 pm

Congratulations!! What a fantastic night you had! Apparently last night was a great night everywhere (and of course I was at home. Oops!)

The Coral, scarlet, and Pinewoods are on my list!! Gorgeous!!

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Re: Best Night of the Year So Far

Post by double d » June 9th, 2015, 7:34 pm

Magical trip indeed , congratulations !!

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Re: Best Night of the Year So Far

Post by Carl D. May » June 10th, 2015, 3:27 am

Great night indeed Noah.
Still need to get my canebrake. Yours was a beauty!

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Re: Best Night of the Year So Far

Post by BillMcGighan » June 10th, 2015, 5:03 am

Excellent outing, without a doubt! :thumb:
It's times like these that keep us coming back after a few outings of getting skunked!

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Re: Best Night of the Year So Far

Post by HerpMan ATL » June 14th, 2015, 7:37 pm

Awesome finds and photos. Great night.

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Re: Best Night of the Year So Far

Post by Noah M » June 15th, 2015, 5:12 am

Thank you everybody. It was a memorable night. And I think Bill is right. This hobby takes perseverance.

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