Louisianna and/or East Texas this weekend; last minute trip

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joeysgreen
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Louisianna and/or East Texas this weekend; last minute trip

Post by joeysgreen » January 12th, 2017, 5:30 pm

I work at Oklahoma State University and at the threat of snow tomorrow they closed it down... yeehaw, four day weekend! So I rented a car and am driving until I find reptiles. I was thinking of LA, hoping I might at least see a basking diamondback terrapin or something. No research done for this trip because planning started an hour ago and I leave tomorrow morning.

Please let me know what might be in target this season, what the weather is like if you're local, places/parks I should visit, or if you have suggestions for a different direction (more east?). I'm easy to please, and I"ll see what I see, but I'm also eager to make my snowed-in Okies jealous :)

Thanks in advance!

Ian

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Re: Louisianna and/or East Texas this weekend; last minute t

Post by Jeff » January 12th, 2017, 7:13 pm

The past few days, and next week, are lows in the 60s, highs in the mid 70s for southern Louisiana - shirt is optional. I could show you some spots. Otherwise, look for bottomland hardwood forest and look for trash dumps.

Jeff

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Post by joeysgreen » January 12th, 2017, 7:36 pm

Sweet thanks. That weather sounds incredible.
Where in LA are you? Might be neat to meet up if you're free Sat or Sun.

Ian

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Post by joeysgreen » January 16th, 2017, 8:49 pm

Thanks Jeff, it was a trip of a lifetime. I don't have a flicker or photobucket account so hopefully this FB link will take you to some of the pic's that turned out https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... =3&theater

Red eared slider
5 lined skink
Green frog
Dekay's Brown Snake
Green Anole (lifer)
Pygmy Salamander (lifer)
Marbled Salamander (lifer)
Little Brown Skink
3 lined Salamander (lifer)
Bullfrog
Cricket Frog
Southern Leopard Frog
Green Tree Frog
Rio Grande Chirping Frog (lifer)
Spring Peepers - calling only
Black Pine Snake = dead :( (lifer)
Slimy Salamanders
Squirrel Tree Frogs (lifer)
Alligator (lifer)
Cottonmouth
Black Masked Racer (lifer)
Western Ribbon Snake
Mississippi Green Water Snake
Broad banded Water snake (lifer)
Diamondback water snake
Western Ratsnake

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Re: Louisianna and/or East Texas this weekend; last minute t

Post by sonora » January 17th, 2017, 7:40 am

Hi Ian,
Sounds like a fun trip. Your "pygmy" salamander is actually a dwarf salamander (Eurycea quadridigitata).

Steve

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Re: Louisianna and/or East Texas this weekend; last minute t

Post by joeysgreen » January 21st, 2017, 8:17 am

Thanks Steve. I can suck at common names sometimes :)

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Re: Louisianna and/or East Texas this weekend; last minute t

Post by durissus » January 25th, 2017, 4:35 am

Have to ask about the Black Pine Snake you listed .... ( DOR I'm guessing ? )

This was in Louisiana ? Reason I ask is according to a 2010 report by Duran who was doing the field work on them at the time, the Black Pine hadn't been seen in LA in over 30 years , which would now make it almost 40 years.

If this was a Black Pine it is a very significant find.

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Re: Louisianna and/or East Texas this weekend; last minute t

Post by FrogO_Oeyes » January 25th, 2017, 2:23 pm

You're within about 12 hours drive of about ten different [some undescribed] species of "slimy salamander", so depending on where you've seen them before, you may have at least one more lifer.

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Re: Louisianna and/or East Texas this weekend; last minute t

Post by durissus » January 31st, 2017, 10:05 am

Any info on your Black Pine ; adult/young, locality, etc ?

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Re: Louisianna and/or East Texas this weekend; last minute t

Post by Coluber Constrictor » January 31st, 2017, 1:49 pm

Cool post, but that's not the Atlantic Ocean.

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