Here's part 1, in case you missed it: http://www.fieldherpforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=8953
I was hired by the Orianne Society to be a tortoise technician on the preserve they own in southeastern GA. I got some pretty decent herping in...
Oh before we get into this, if you have herped with me before this GA trip, you probably know that my white whale was copperheads. But, on the 23rd of September 2011 at 9:40pm, after searching in nine states (Ohio, Illlinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, and now South Carolina) I officially FOUND A FREAKING COPPERHEAD. Pictures are later in this post.
Me with one of my turdles:
My trapping site:
Hazards of my trapping site:
Other stuff found on the preserve:
Kiley, the swamp monster:
I didnt think much when Josh flipped this brown snake, but it turns out it was a county record!
Dirk and TIm Warfel herping along a very large river
Baby soft shell
Softies on a log, taken with my iPhone
Gulf Coast Fritillaries and other butterflies
Muscles displaying. When the right fish species comes along the mussel will eject larvae at the fish. The larvae will latch on to the fish's gills and feed off the blood there until they mature and drop off to become adults.
Gators in the pond on the preserve:
Dead deer in a gator hole
Random stuff from the preserve:
The only farancia i found
Mayflies on the Ocmulgee:
That's the end of the preserve stuff...
I had to bring a injured on the road indigo to the sea turtle center on Jekyll, and spent the rest of the afternoon on the beach photoing birds: (Sadly the indigo ended up not making it
Not from the preserve:
Some Carolina Pigmys:
"Where'd you go?"
My lifer spadefoot that I found before Josh Holbrook found his
An eye for an eye:
And a few southerns I had help finding. That was one busy freaking day on that one road!
From the hognose road:
Brand-new baby cow. These are his first steps!
Another twolined, this one from Virginia
I can't seem to get a clear shot of a skink
Then Tim Warfel and I met up with Tim Borski and Jake Scott to go hunt a bit of Florida...
Florida Softshell Apalone ferox
Still has his egg tooth!
Narrow-striped dwarf siren Pseudobranchus axanthus axanthus
More non=preserve GA
PM Salamanders, Plethodon petraeusPlethodon ventralis
Slimy in a crack
Caves found in a cave
I hope you guys like salamanders. Here, have some more.
Blue-ridge two lined Eurycea wilderae
Southern Grey Cheeked Salamander Plethodon metcalfi
Two-toed Amphiuma Amphiuma means
Josh Parker and I got 4 species of duskies in one day.
Urutus are native to GA, right?
So then I left GA and headed west. Thanks to everyone I stayed with, visited, herped with, or met for the first time. You guys made my road trip very memorable, and you're all welcome to wherever I happen to be!
Kansas for the KHS meeting
Sorry for the crappy quality, but it was dusk and they were a very very long way away, and I'm out of excuses. I need to learn how to use my long lens better
I visited Alex Krohn (Viridovipera) in Las Vegas and we camped in Death Valley:
And he showed me some Alamagorso Toads (Bufo nelsoni
Went to go hang out with Dan Krull to look for Xantusia, but all we found was this silly blanvilli
(I freaking love Phrynos, by the way)
Okay I guess you guys have been patient enough. Here are my copperhead shots. I know there are a lot of them, but they were my first damn copperheads! Nine states it took me to find one! NINE!
The lifer: (Aiken Co, SC)
I went to go get something from my car, and I left the snake where I had been photoing it. When I came back, i was like "SH*T! WHERE THE HELL DID THE SNAKE GO?!" and then i realized it hadnt moved a muscle from where I left it...
Okay the second
Richmond Co, GA
And then some more...
And one I found. All of these pics are in situ. I never touched the animal, and I moved slowly around him so he wouldn't spook.
I'll end with what I think ties with the best picture I have ever taken. I only see one thing wrong with it, and I'm not going to say what it is, so that I dont ruin it for you all.
Thanks for looking, and sorry for all of the pictures...hope I kept you guys entertained!