Some more stuff from this Spring

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Some more stuff from this Spring

Postby croteseeker » Sun Jun 01, 2014 4:29 pm

Like the Title says, this is some of the stuff I've managed to photograph this Spring.

Bufo americanus
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Rana sylvatica
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Pseudacris crucifer (calling)
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Success! :lol:
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Chelydra serpentina
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Storeria occipitomaculata occipitomaculata
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Opheodrys vernalis
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Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis
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Thamnophis sauritus septentrionalis
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And, just for fun...

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Happy herping, guys. Thanks for looking. :smt006
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Re: Some more stuff from this Spring

Postby Westley Price » Mon Jun 02, 2014 8:21 am

Great stuff Croteseeker.

I always love seeing the wide variety of terrapins/turtles you guys have in the US.

This is the first time I am seeing Storeria occipitomaculata. They have very strongly keeled scales reminding me of Garters. Can you please tell me a bit more about this species?
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Re: Some more stuff from this Spring

Postby froot » Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:06 am

Great shots!. Beautiful area this time of year, what are the temps like there at the moment?
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Re: Some more stuff from this Spring

Postby croteseeker » Tue Jun 03, 2014 2:30 am

Froot, I'm glad you enjoyed the photos. Temps are currently hitting a daytime high around 26C.

Thanks, Westley. The Northern Red-bellied snake (S. o. occipitomaculata) is a small, fossorial species found in many Midwestern and Eastern American states. They grow to a length of about 40cm maximum and feed primarily on worms, slugs, and snails. They're commonly mistaken (in their black form) for Ringneck snakes because they have a bright red or orange belly. Aside from the black/gray phase in the photo I posted, there are also red and brown phases, some with more than one dorsal color. Here are a couple more photos from last year of some of the other phases out there:

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Re: Some more stuff from this Spring

Postby Westley Price » Tue Jun 03, 2014 8:00 am

Thanx for that! Pretty little snakes! Are the as commonly kept as Rough Green Snakes?
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