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My Habitat Projects or "The 40 Acre Vivarium"

Discussion in 'HH General Discussion' started by Infernalis, Jan 10, 2012.

  1. Infernalis

    Infernalis Elite Member

    This is going to be another long winded thread... Before I start, I do not do this for fanfare, I do not do this for admiration, I do this for the animals. I love herps, I love photographing herps, and with situations like the Sharp Park golf course going on in the world, it makes me feel better. so maybe my motivations are selfish.

    I have an ongoing construction of a garter snake habitat behind my home, The job is just getting started, progressing as funds are available.

    Phase one, removal of some trees.

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    the next step will be stump removal and excavating a large deep pond..

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    I will also be leveling the ground surrounding the pond and planting grass & blue spruce trees.

    The area circled will be excavated into a medium size pond to promote frogs and other amphibians to breed and flourish.

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    The large wall of tree debris will be covered over with soil until a embankment six feet tall is constructed, it will have a lot of natural air pockets inside, and as the wood decays the pockets will get larger providing a natural brumation den inside.

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    Once this pile is buried, it will make a lot of nice little caves inside the embankment we are constructing.

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    those stumps are rooted in really good! I already gathered up some of that clay dirt for my Savannah monitor cage, he can dig burrows in this and they will hold well.

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    I will not be stocking any fish in the pond, maybe a small minnow species but no panfish or bass of any kind.
    I have spent many years studying the wild snakes in their own environment, behavior, movement patterns, preferred hiding spots, feeding, breeding and brumation. these are all amazing creatures and as long as I am alive and hold title to the property, they will have a safe sanctuary right here off my back doorstep.

    Hopefully in time some turtles will find the new pond and move in as well. That would be the icing on the cake for me.

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  2. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    Hi, that`s an amazing project, I wish you well!! (I`m here for the animals, too)! ;)
     
  3. Infernalis

    Infernalis Elite Member

    This project is intentionally done in the winter months, all the herps are brumating/hibernating and it keeps the impact on wildlife at an absolute minimum.

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    This project has been eating up a lot of money, but I feel it will be worth it just to see the animals benefit and flourish.

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    Due to declining populations of many species, my family and I feel very strongly about giving the animals (primarily the herps) a safe haven to hopefully bolster the numbers, at least on my acreage.

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    Last spring (2010), same exact location and camera angle..

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    The recent flash flood changed it a little.

    Snakes, frogs and raccoons are common to see here.

    Just 50 feet away, over the bank..

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    Next post, the frog sanctuary...
     
  4. Infernalis

    Infernalis Elite Member

    First up will be some Amphibian "rescue" operations, this is performed during periods of drought to ensure that each tadpole and baby newt is allowed to either reach maturity or be the natural food source of the next order up the food chain, including but not limited to Thamnophis and Nerodia snakes whose neonates require them to survive.

    Tadpoles in a forest pool..and frogs/toads

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    This is just one of the areas where we have blocked ATV and motorcycle access.

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    Now what exactly is it we do to ensure this perpetuates?

    When the pools are dangerously close to drying out, We bring in the heavy pumps. Believe it or not, there were hundreds of dying tadpoles in this muck...

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    The wetland restored to is "proper" state. The bog covers about 1/3 acre of land total. The sounds at night are relaxing.

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    This is the reward for the effort...

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    Next post, the snakes, lots and lots of snakes.
     
  5. Infernalis

    Infernalis Elite Member

    All photos are taken on my property, no public forest or park.

    saw 4 snakes all hiding in the same spot

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    This little garter snake was so funny, he kept leaving and then coming back, curious little fella! he scooted off 4 times and always returned within a minute or two.

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    This milk snake had the nicest caramel colouring to it, I handled it long enough to take it to the house and show to my family, and only got bit once.
    I returned it safely to the hiding spot. (hope to see this one again some day.)

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    This one was all attitude, kept striking out, so I left that one alone.

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    Look who came back!

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    Came back again!

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    A plump Nerodia (Water Snake) sunning on a dirt pile.....

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    A garter...

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    This little one posed for me before leaving.

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    More next post..
     

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  6. Infernalis

    Infernalis Elite Member

    More......

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    orange eastern by the creek.. released after photo.

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    Smooth Green snakes..

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    This spirited little guy did not like his picture taken one bit, I got tagged a couple times taking these shots.

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  7. Wynd

    Wynd Elite Member

    WoW! Amazing shots and love what you are doing for the herps :D
     
  8. mld

    mld Subscribed User Premium Member

    Sounds like a wonderful place to live!
    I guess out next meeting will be at your place, lol, just kidding>:)
     
  9. Infernalis

    Infernalis Elite Member

    I don't mind... really as long as the only thing taken is pictures.


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  10. Flint

    Flint Elite Member

    Absolutely amazing! Great shots. I would love to have that in my backyard lol
     
  11. Evozakira

    Evozakira Elite Member

    Thats just amazing! I love how much you have done to give the animals a nice safe place to live. I wish I was out there taking pictures of those beautiful lil guys.
     
  12. MadDog

    MadDog Elite Member

    If I lived there, I would never be inside! Such a beautiful place! I am truly jealous! :)
     
  13. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Awesome shots! Although it looks like the milk is sizing up the garter to see if he is available for dinner!
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    Its quite an undertaking you have going on!
     

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  14. Johnny

    Johnny Elite Member

    Woah, really amazing pictures and all the effort you must be putting into this is impressive. *thumbs up*
     
  15. missabrat

    missabrat Elite Member

    great photos and great sanctuaries! Where abouts in NY are you? I may need to come for a visit(NY'er here too)
     
  16. Infernalis

    Infernalis Elite Member

    The red part.....

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  17. mld

    mld Subscribed User Premium Member

    Do I hear camping trip this summer?
     
  18. Infernalis

    Infernalis Elite Member

    We are no strangers to that concept. ;)

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  19. mld

    mld Subscribed User Premium Member

    Look like my kind of trip!
    When I got married we went tenting for our honeymoon!
     
  20. mld

    mld Subscribed User Premium Member

    Oh I remember, your dirt bike and you were building some trails!
     

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