Land Between the Rivers (continued)

DOR Garter

Live Garter

A nice sipedon

We headed over towards the Mississippi to work some of the wooded bottomlands along the river.  Turning in at our first stop we came across a DOR Eastern Garter, a real pretty one.  What a shame.   A bit later we managed to scare up a live sirtalis under some debris.  Some rip-rap along a roadside slough yielded another young Midland Water Snake.  Hiking up the road a bit, we spotted three Yellowbelly Water Snakes in a flooded area alongside the road, but they were warm and wary and high-tailed it before we could get close enough for capture or photos.

We stopped at a boat landing area and worked the rip-rap, managing to turn up one more water snake under a rock.  The sun was setting, and we had to head home.  We weren't as successful as our previous visits here, but it was an enjoyable day nonetheless.

Species Observed:

Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina)
Redeared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)
Midland Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon pleuralis)
Yellowbelly Water Snake (Nerodia erythrogaster flavigaster)
Northern Ringneck Snake (Diadophis punctatus edwardsi)
Midland Brown Snake (Storeria dekayi wrightorum)
Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis)
Pickerel Frog (Rana palustris)
Darksided Salamander (Eurycea longicauda melanopleura)
Blanchard's Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans blanchardi)


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