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 Post subject: Adventure Princesses go herping...
PostPosted: May 13th, 2012, 7:07 am 

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My 6 year old daughter, Bailey and I belong to a daddy/daughter group called Adventure Princesses. Yesterday I led a small group of our "tribe" on a herping jaunt. I took them to an old standby spot that I've been going to for almost twenty years. The first board we flipped housed a gorgeous, freshly shed kingsnake.

The girls. Olivia, Hannah, Hannah G, Georgia, Kalea, and my daughter, Bailey's arms (takin' a pic)
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Georgia, admiring the king. This girls was really taken by all the snakes! We may have a future herper here.
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Georgia and Hannah G, diggin' it.
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Then in the same area, they got to see a basking Rattler. Lots of oohs and ahhs but no pic. I showed one of the dads how to catch a lizard with a piece of grass. So he made grass nooses for everyone, and they all went nuts chasing lizards around. Meanwhile I found a ringneck and everyone got to hold it. Again, no pic.
We all went lakeside, to settle in for a pic-nic. I went to flip a small rock, and a massive coast garter bolted from out of nowhere. I dove and got it. much to the shock of a couple of the dads. I don't think they thought an old guy could move so fast! In about twenty years of coming here, this was my first gartersnake in this area. I HAD to catch it!

Me and the beast
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The beast
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Bailey misplaced her favorite pink water bottle somewhere, so I went to look for it. On the way back, This pretty gopher was in the path.
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It was a great morning and fun was had by all. We saw five species of snake in two hours. On the way home, I was driving over a hill and as I came around the bend, I scared the two dads who were with me, by slamming on the brakes and yelling at the on coming car "Don't hit it!!!"...The car straddled the already clipped gophersnake. I got out grabbed it, took a couple of bites to the hand and prodded it down the hill. It had a small bit of road rash and maybe a couple broken ribs, but it was fine and feisty. It'll live to dodge cars again.... :beer:


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PostPosted: May 13th, 2012, 7:31 am 
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Devlin,
What an awesome outing! Congrats on the Coastal garter find! And five species in 2 hours is wonderful! Thanks for sharing! :-)
Laila


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PostPosted: May 13th, 2012, 8:22 am 
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Great job and im sure you made herpers out of those kids and we will see them out in the field soon! That garter is immense!

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PostPosted: May 13th, 2012, 8:32 am 
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Awesome. Love to see the kids expressions with snakes. Some pure fear, others joy. Very cool post....


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PostPosted: May 13th, 2012, 8:33 am 

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Totally awesome! My love of herps was begun when I was 5, by my parents taking me to the Miami Serpentarium... :thumb: jim


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PostPosted: May 13th, 2012, 10:01 am 
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Wonderful outting, Dev!
Same king from when you took us out?


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PostPosted: May 13th, 2012, 11:37 am 
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What a great experience for those kids. Congratulations.


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PostPosted: May 13th, 2012, 11:53 am 
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I want to be an adventure princess...


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PostPosted: May 13th, 2012, 12:44 pm 
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liucommajames wrote:
I want to be an adventure princess...
Done. Two wishes left...


Very cool, Devlin! Looks like you created some great memories for the Adventure Princesses :thumb:


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PostPosted: May 13th, 2012, 1:32 pm 
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Great trip mate, fantastic to see kids getting among it!


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PostPosted: May 13th, 2012, 1:41 pm 
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Great post! :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:


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PostPosted: May 13th, 2012, 2:16 pm 
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Awesome stuff, Dev. :thumb: Good to see that place is still full of surprises after 20 years. Now you just need to get your Infernalis there!


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PostPosted: May 13th, 2012, 4:25 pm 
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Most excellent adventure!


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PostPosted: May 14th, 2012, 7:33 am 

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liucommajames wrote:
I want to be an adventure princess...


hahahahaha :lol: :lol: :lol:


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PostPosted: May 14th, 2012, 7:38 am 

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Thanks everybody. It was definitely my pleasure showing all the cool critters to the girls (dads too).
Nat. Yes I need to find an infernalis out there...and a boa. They gotta be there too.
Zach. I haven't compared head shots of the king yet. could very well be the same snake...
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EDIT: Different snake, Zach...


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PostPosted: May 14th, 2012, 6:34 pm 
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Great post Dev :thumb: Nice variety of finds. That Coasty is huge... I found a Mountain Garter in 2010 about that big, a little smaller, and was shocked to see they even got that big. I've seen 2 big Valley Garters over the years, but normally just see the average 2 1/2-3 1/2 footers. Really diggin the orange specks on the face and the beasty head features that come with age. Awesome snake :thumb:


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PostPosted: May 15th, 2012, 12:00 pm 
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Great post Devlin,

That was just awesome and that Garter snake is huge!


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