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 Post subject: Local and afar- a spot on my phone.
PostPosted: April 26th, 2011, 1:00 pm 
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Location: Pennsylvania- Bucks Co. near Phila.
Not sure if I posted this here... earlier in the month of April.

10 minutes from my house... the american toads were all abuzz in broad daylight.

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Couple of eastern garters were out and about as well.

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Looking for easy niblets...

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In the same pond system, the spotted turtles made an appearance this afternoon.

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This one swam right up to me in a flooded pathway... Took a pic, stepped to my left and it swam on by...

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Shy young adult
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and this larger male was seen...

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Ducked under...

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Then I spotted this little guy...

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Found a hatchling a few years ago, but this one was even smaller.

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Another young adult basking with just the top of its shell exposed...

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Paint came off of this one...

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as the toads looked on...

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After this, I spent the week in Florida for my son's college graduation. Herped very little but what I did get to see is always pleasing.

Lifer- Southern/Florida Chorus Frog

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Cold and bumpy, I had no field guide. This one had me stumped at first.

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Saw several skinks that I could not catch to identify.

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Actually saw more green anoles than brown anoles...

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Beast of a broadhead spotted by my wife from an elevated boardwalk.

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Plenty of treefrogs, but without rain all week, I could only come up with two species...

Greens...

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..and squirrels

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flipped a gastrophreak too...

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Cant go to Florida and not see a gopher tortoise grazing...

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Couldn't get a good picture of this terrapin, however it was the second one I have observed.

Florida East Coast Diamondback Terrapin- Id'd by location and not to far from an area of possible integration.

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I dont do well with snakes in Florida, usually cause my crepuscular clock doesn't usually coincide with them.

I did find this subspecies lifer under a trashcan in a park...

Florida Redbellied Snake

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Found this little ribbon snake foraging in a wet ditch.

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I went all the way to florida and only got this garter snake... actually cruising any snake is cool to me...

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Cool bugs

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This puppy kept trying to get in my car...
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Found some nice habitat that yielded nothing but horseflies, mosquitoes and gun shots... I didn't stay long.

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 Post subject: Re: Local and afar- a spot on my phone.
PostPosted: April 26th, 2011, 6:23 pm 
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Good stuff
The "East Coast Diamondback Terrapin" is a really good find.


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 Post subject: Re: Local and afar- a spot on my phone.
PostPosted: April 27th, 2011, 4:18 am 
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I'm pondering over my morning coffee just how cool it would be to have Spotted Turtles as a regular faunistic component where I live...

that DBT is sweet too!
-Mike


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 Post subject: Re: Local and afar- a spot on my phone.
PostPosted: April 27th, 2011, 6:32 am 
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Ah yes, the spotted turtles are a treasure in my neck of the woods.
The terrapin encounter was all luck and a good eye by my daughter.


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PostPosted: April 27th, 2011, 7:25 am 
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Kyle Loucks wrote:
as the toads looked on...

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:lol: :lol: :lol:


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PostPosted: May 3rd, 2011, 6:34 am 
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That spotty is TINY.


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PostPosted: May 3rd, 2011, 11:44 am 
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The turtle shots are awesome. I really liked the Terrapin. Very cool.


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