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Field herping. :)

Discussion in 'Creepy Corner' started by Gatorpit, Jun 26, 2012.

  1. Gatorpit

    Gatorpit Good Dog

    I spend a lot of time outside, usually driving on country roads, sometimes hiking through the woods, looking for snakes. I figured there's got to be a few here who do the sme thing, at least occasionally.

    So this is a thread of what we see when we do this. Bugs, birds, reptiles, fish, scenery, whatever.

    Starting with last night. I live in north central Florida, and as you may know we're currently dealing with a tropical storm. It's been very, very wet the last few days. We drove out towards the west coast last night, thiking that if the rain was light enough, the snakes would be on the move do to the long drought prior to the storm.

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    A female fiddler crab. :)

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    Havn't decided yet whether this is a common musk turtle or a loggerhead musk turtle. I *think* it's a loggerhead.

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    Three striped musk turtle.

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    The frogs and toads were crazy. Thousands of them on the roads. Spotted one of these early on hit by a car. This is a pig frog. An unnusually calm pig frog. Most of what we saw were toads, green tree frogs, cricket and leopard frogs. This is in the hand of a 6'3 man. the frog was a good 5 inches, nose to tail.

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    This is a blue sided ribbon snake. I've never seen one of these before last night. :)

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    Another ribbon who had been hit by a car. He looked like he had a chance of survivng so we let him go. You can see some of the damage towards his tail. This one was about twice the size of the first.

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    This is a cottonmouth eating one of the thousands of roadkilled frogs. This one was about three feet.

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    Here's juvie cottonmouth, about 8 inches long.

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    another juvie cotton, this one about 10 inches.

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    We found many other animals that had been killed on the roads. I will refrain from posting those pictures here unless requested. We found a four foot gulf hammock ratsnake, a beautiful 5 foot, gravid female red ratsnake, 7 or 8 cottonmouths sizes ranging from 8 inches to four feet, a black vulture, a crow, a baby raccoon, and another ribbon snake.
     
  2. AdMae

    AdMae Big Dog

    Cool.

    When I was little we used to see lots of armadillo road kill in northeaster florida. Now, there doesn't seem to be any. Do you know if there is reason behind this?
     
  3. ChildInTime

    ChildInTime Puppy

    Yeah, the wild life is saying, 'Oh snap, let's get the heck out of here!" -I'm with them. I live near Pass A Grille and was out there an hour before the Tornado struck. There was an eerie calm and the roads were flooded. The Gulls were all hunkered down and all the birds left pretty darn quickly. I knew there'd be a tornader!(lol)


    I need one of these...
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  4. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    Good on ya for the herping! I'm fond of cottonmouths myself
     
  5. Teal

    Teal Krypto Super Dog Premium Member

    I love field herping! Cottonmouths are gorgeous snakes <3

    AdMae - My GUESS would be that there is now a healthy population of really large snakes that eat armadillos? I don't know if that's actually true.. but it sorta makes sense haha
     
  6. AdMae

    AdMae Big Dog

    It does kind of make sense. Florida is experiencing an epidemic of large pythons and "exotic" snakes because punk kids want to own one, then get rid of it by letting it go and they tend to flourish in the everglades feasting of alligators and such.
     
  7. Chapstickglue

    Chapstickglue Big Dog

    Oh man so cool! Cottonmouths are my very least favorite snake- they scare the shit out of me! Used to have a copperhead that was pretty cool...
     
  8. Gatorpit

    Gatorpit Good Dog

    The hullabaloo about pythons in Florida is about as sensible and based in fact as the one about pit bulls in general. Just sayin'.
     
  9. Gatorpit

    Gatorpit Good Dog

    Chapstick...I too am afraid of cottonmouths. I was actually chased by one once. lol

    But...my fear of things has never stopped me from being fascinated by them. lol
     
  10. AdMae

    AdMae Big Dog

    Gatorpit, do you have a theory on the disappearing armadillo roadkill?
     
  11. Gatorpit

    Gatorpit Good Dog

    It ain't dissapearin' for one. lol

    I see roadkilled 'dillos daily. Usually multiples.

    Maybe it's a regional thing as far as armadillo populations, but even if the python "threat" in the glades were as serious as the media makes it out to be, those snakes couldn't survive this far north. If the temps drop below 70 for more than a few hours, burms will get respiratory infections and die.

    So whatever may or may not be happening with the 'dillos...it's not python related. lol

    I'm not saying that these snakes in the glades are ok...they should be erradicated. what's ironic about it is the hoopla and outcry over thrree or four particular species of large python...while the hundreds of other invasive species go unnoticed.

    South Florida is BOOMING with breeding populations of various types of exotics that can be (and frequently are) more harmful to the environment and native species than large snakes, but no one cares. Why? Because snakes are scary.

    Monk parakeets, house geckos, cuban anoles and tree frogs, veiled and panther chameleons, and...(guess what?) armadillos (also an introduced species)...are cute.
     
  12. Gatorpit

    Gatorpit Good Dog

    here...right here in Lake City there is a population of capybaras living along the Santa Fe river. Why has NO ONE said anything, or tried to do anything about these large, destructive, and potentially dangerous animals?

    They're cute.
     
  13. caseyK

    caseyK Puppy

    Love the little turtle... it's cute!!!!

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