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So Far This Year...

Discussion in 'Field Herping' started by T-rex, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. T-rex

    T-rex Elite Member

    Well I haven't been herping as much this year as I usually do. Just moved from Illinois to Southern Missouri. Looking for a job still. :rolleyes:

    Just thought I would share some of my finds so far.

    Eastern Hognose
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    Ringneck snake (Had some weird genetics going on so no exact ID)
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    Speckled Kingsnake
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    Great Plains Ratsnake
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    Bull Snake
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    The bull snake was found in Kansas. I have found much more than this, but I lack the photos to prove it. :D

    I have been focusing on finding a copperhead more than anything. I have found 5 dead on the road and 0 alive. :( 2 out of the 5 were still moving when I found them. It is a shame that people think they need to kill such beautiful creatures.
     

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  2. mld

    mld Subscribed User Premium Member

    Great photos!
    Love the hognose all puffed up, too cute!
    King snake is just gorgeous, peeking out like that!
    I've never seen a ring neck, very pretty snake!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Too bad about the 5 you found dead:(
     
  3. bell

    bell Member

    Great photos!

    A couple years ago I got to go herping in the Caney Mountains (southern MO) and it was a great experience. We found a hognose, copperhead, pygmy rattler, and some other mics herps and inverts.

    The hognose was my favorite find. Those guys, as shown in your photos, have some personality. ;) The one we found did the "Cobra" thing, too, haha.

    I hope you can find your copperhead! They ARE beautiful creatures.
     
  4. KrokadilyanGuy3

    KrokadilyanGuy3 Elite Member

    Im from southern Oklahoma, and Ive only ever found 1 copperhead.Good luck.
     
  5. T-rex

    T-rex Elite Member

    Thanks y'all! :D
     
  6. Swimmer522

    Swimmer522 Elite Member

    Beautiful pictures! I love the one trying to play dead :D
     
  7. mld

    mld Subscribed User Premium Member

  8. Medium

    Medium Elite Member

    Love the yellow one, or weird genetic one...haha. Thanks for sharing your finds!
     
  9. Jflores

    Jflores Elite Member

    WoW, first off those pictures are insane, you must Have killer camera.

    Secondly, that eastern and the ring neck look amazing!!

    thanks for sharing!!!
     
  10. teach920

    teach920 Subscribed User Premium Member

    Those are indeed some very nice looking finds....there is no doubt your Herping went very well....Thanks so much for sharing your finds and Excellent photos with us...
     
  11. Iggysmommie

    Iggysmommie Elite Member

    Very nice pics, as for your copperheads I am not sure about MO but they are like mosquito's at my parents place in North Carolina. I am sure if you wanted a good weekend trip you could find some nice specimens further south.
     
  12. T-rex

    T-rex Elite Member

    Again thank you!

    Thanks. I shoot with a Canon Rebel XS with the 18-55mm kit lens.

    I don't think there is such a subspecies as desert ringneck.

    Generally you can tell ringneck subspecies apart by the ventral pattern. On this specimen it shows more of a scattered dotting which would usually indicate that it is the Prairie subspecies, but at the same time it has paired dotting which would suggest that it is the Mississippi subspecies. (Which I don't even know if stictogenys ranges into my area)

    Probably just a Prairie with a more consistent pattern than I am used to seeing.
     
  13. mld

    mld Subscribed User Premium Member

    Sorry I meant to say Prairie!
     
  14. T-rex

    T-rex Elite Member

    In that case I agree. :D
     
  15. T-rex

    T-rex Elite Member

    I am proud to FINALLY be able to say I have found a copperhead among the living. :D


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  16. mld

    mld Subscribed User Premium Member

    Now, thats one gorgeous looking snake! Happy that you finally spotted one and got such a great photo too! Thanks for sharing!
     
  17. Notafrog

    Notafrog Active Member

    What an amazing photo of a copperhead! It is stunning!
     
  18. SixToedFreak

    SixToedFreak Well-Known Member

    Wow! Great pics. The ringneck has some amazing colors and I love the king snake poking his head out like, "who the heck are you?"
     
  19. Iggysmommie

    Iggysmommie Elite Member

    I would love to have a snake with those markings but I cant get past the venom issue. :) To bad I havent seen a constrictor with a pattern like that. Beautiful snake.
     
  20. T-rex

    T-rex Elite Member

    Thanks everyone...

    If I ever get moved down to Texas with my friend that keeps venomous, I will for sure have a copperhead.
     

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