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Southeast Spring 2015 (yeah, I'm behind, same as main)

Post by noah k. » August 21st, 2015, 1:27 pm

Seems like I haven't made a post in forever! I'll cut the talk for now and let my photos tell the story for the most part, but this essentially will pick up where I left off on my previous post in early March. A LOT has happened since then, but I'll divide it up into spring and summer.

Winter Post: http://www.fieldherpforum.com/forum/vie ... 11&t=21701

The first trip I took was in late March, to ANF. A cold front came through and slowed movement, dipping overnight lows into the low 40s, but snakes were still found.

Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnake

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Scarlet Kingsnake

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Eastern Coachwhip

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Eastern Cottonmouth

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Gulf Coast Box Turtle

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Corn Snake

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The following weekend saw much more favorable weather, and Daniel and myself headed back to hang out with Josh Young again and attend a bioblitz with UGA.

This Screech Owl had just captured a Spadefoot Toad and provided an awesome photo opportunity.

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Eastern Tiger Salamander

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Greater Siren

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Some odds and ends from a scenic morning in South Georgia.

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We headed out to explore some more coastal habitat in the panhandle after that.

Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

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Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnake

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Florida Softshell

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The next evening we headed up to a tract of beautiful land in central Georgia.

Greater Siren

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Corn Snake

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Full Moon

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Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

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Eastern Hognose Snake

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The next week was spent on a field trip with my school in east central Georgia, a welcome break from the monotony of class.

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I was lucky enough to see quite a few snakes while I was there also.

The highlight (and one of my favorite finds this year) was my first Eastern Kingsnake of the year, a huge female, unfortunately in shed. I found her in this dam several times.

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Northern Watersnake

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The Kingsnakes were also out back home in Atlanta, as I found out later that week after spending a morning at one of my spots and finding 3, along with many other cool reptiles and amphibians.

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Rat Snake

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Red Salamander

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Eastern Box Turtles

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Queen Snakes

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Rat Snake

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Northern Watersnake

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Also found my first Copperhead of the year on the road one warm April night.

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I tagged along with my Dad on a business trip one day with Daniel to Savannah. We got to herp in some sweet places, and turned up quite a few snakes for 1 day in new territory.

Scarlet Snake

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Cottonmouth

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Red-bellied Watersnake

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Scarlet Kingsnake

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We met up with Ian Deery later that morning, he had just cruised this gorgeous Eastern Hognose.

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Red-bellied Watersnake consuming Southern Toad

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Copperhead

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Ratsnake

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The last find of the trip was this little Eastern Coachwhip flipped at a roadside barn in the rain.

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A few odds and ends from around my house.

Eastern Kingsnake

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Red-bellied Snakes

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Ratsnake

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River Cooters

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Eastern Worm Snake

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Here's a few shots from another weekend rocket run to south Georgia, mainly around Okefenokee.

Pitcher Plants

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Brown Watersnake

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Gray Rat Snake

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A pair of gorgeous scarlet kingsnakes.

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Florida Cooter

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Gray Rat insitu

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Juvenile Greater Siren

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The first weekend of May was spent in North Georgia looking for some of my favorite species.

Green Salamander

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Another individual.

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Cave Salamander

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Long-tail Salamander

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Northern Watersnake

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Pigeon Mountain Salamander

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Black Ratsnake

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We had a particularly productive morning flipping on a mountaintop, and we were able to turn up two Eastern Milk Snakes and a mountain Corn Snake.

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Herping in my area really picked up, and I was able to find several species that are very hard to come across in this part of the state.

Corn Snake

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This Queen Snake was a county record.

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Northern Scarlet Snake

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Only a few days after seeing my first two north Georgia corns in years, I hiked up this individual on my own land.

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This very interesting looking corn was found later that week, freshly hit.

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We spend a day in the sandhills looking for my white whale, the Pine Snake, while it was still prime movement season in mid may. No pines were seen (surprise surprise), but it was a fun day regardless.

Rat Snake

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Red Salamanders

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Chamberlain's Dwarf Salamander (this was a lifer)

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Large Coachwhip that regurgitated our only sign of a pine snake so far this year, as found.

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A more typical Coachwhip found on road.

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A few more things from my area.

Spotted Dusky Salamander

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Awesome looking Red Bellied Snake

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Common Snapping Turtle

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Cope's Gray Treefrog breeding frenzy.

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We made another weekend trip to the mountains to cross off some lifers, we weren't disappointed.

Alabama Map Turtle, the main target.

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Stripe-necked Musk Turtle, a nice new lifer.

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Timber Rattlesnake

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Northern Copperhead

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I'll end the Spring report here, and I'll start Summer with the last weekend of May! I'll try to get that up soon, but since I'm back in school now it may take a week or two! Hope everyone enjoyed, Happy Herping, baby season is upon us!

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Re: Southeast Spring 2015 (yeah, I'm behind, same as main)

Post by HerpMan ATL » August 21st, 2015, 6:52 pm

Awesome post Noah. Ive seen all your pics before but that Corn Snake you found on your on land is my favorite. Such a beautiful and unique color to him.

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Post by fickle-minder » August 22nd, 2015, 4:37 am

One heck of a post.. Love your shots! That Eastern King is crazy.

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Post by Noah M » August 22nd, 2015, 7:50 am

Looks like its been a good year!

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Post by Ecto Hunter » August 28th, 2015, 3:03 pm

Killer post, Noah. Your photography gets better and better with each passing season and you have the best luck of any herper I've ever known. Hope to hit the sand with you this Fall. - Robb :beer:



PS- I want that petraeus shot on my wall!

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Post by kevin h » August 30th, 2015, 5:33 pm

Great photos man. You saw some beautiful herps as well. I'm super fond of those corns and diamond backs. The photos of the sirens are also great. How do you get the black background with such clear shot through the water?

-Thanks, Kevin.

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Post by Philrezin1 » August 30th, 2015, 10:13 pm

Excellent photography! Loved the northern water snake shot and the owl eating the toad! So jealous of you guys who live further south!

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Post by noah k. » September 1st, 2015, 12:35 pm

kevin h wrote:Great photos man. You saw some beautiful herps as well. I'm super fond of those corns and diamond backs. The photos of the sirens are also great. How do you get the black background with such clear shot through the water?

-Thanks, Kevin.
Thanks everyone!

Kevin, I used a special tank designed for photographing fish, and a fast shutter speed. Still had to use some photoshop to darken the background completely.

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