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Some Northern Michigan Stuff...

Discussion in 'Field Herping' started by JoshuaJones, Jun 25, 2013.

  1. JoshuaJones

    JoshuaJones Banned User

    Well, I've left my beloved Sonoran desert behind me and moved to the frozen North. At first, I was really bummed. But then the standard six-month-long winter came to an end and the herps started to emerge. There's not much in the way of diversity here (compared to Arizona) but everything I find is a lifer, so I'm having fun just seeing the common stuff. I thought I'd post some photos of the four snake species that I've encountered so far.

    I'll start with the most common, the Eastern gartersnake. I've flipped multiple individuals under the same cover several times. I usually see at least a handful of these every time I go out.

    Eastern Garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis)

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    Next up is the snake that I've seen the least of. Due to their size, though, I may have missed one or two beneath all the dead grass under my boards.

    Red-bellied snake (Storeria occipitomaculata occipitomaculata)

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    The largest snake species that I've found is also one of my favorites. I tried to find this species in Arizona and failed every time. Luckily, they're much more common out here, albeit a different subspecies.

    Eastern Milk snake (Lampropeltis triangulum triangulum)

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    The last lifer that I managed to come across was only a surprise in that it took me so long to find one. Given their coloration and grassy habitat, though, I guess I should have expected some difficulty.

    Smooth Green snake (Liochlorophis vernalis)

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    As per usual, I'll post some habitat shots from my travels. These deciduous forests, grasslands, and swamps are a far cry from the deserts and mountains that I'm used to exploring...

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    Well, that's all for now, folks. Hope you enjoyed.:)
     

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  2. justor

    justor Elite Member

    Nice shots! I love that smooth green snake.

    Definitely not the Sonoran desert haha, but you take what you can get right.
     
  3. JoshuaJones

    JoshuaJones Banned User

    True story.lol
     
  4. JoshuaJones

    JoshuaJones Banned User

    Well, we got a pretty vicious thunderstorm earlier this week. As the rain began to slow down, I decided to get out and look around. It was a good plan, seeing as how I found a lifer turtle, fifteen garters, three red-bellies, and a lifer DeKay's Brown snake. Figured I'd share a few photos with you guys....

    Red-bellied snake (Storeria occipitomaculat occipitomaculata)

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    DeKay's Brown snake (Storeria dekayi)

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    And finally, the Wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta)

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    Thanks for looking. Hoped you enjoyed.:D
     

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  5. Thalatte

    Thalatte Elite Member

    NICE!!! I love the turtle! such a cute face.
     

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