Snake Road, north end, Winter's Pond
Overlooking LaRue-Pine Hills
Snake Road in the fall
Duskweed-cevered, spring-fed pond under a limestone bluff
Duckweed-covered, spring-fed pond under a limestone bluff
It's all about timing
Snakes cross the road in numbers on their way from the swamps where they forage to their dens in the bluffs every fall.
Big Muddy River and Rt 3 Bridge
Little Grand Canyon
Pictures can't convey how steep and slippery this chute is
Walking railroad tracks is a good way to find herps.
Eastern Box Turtle
Male with red eyes
Crossing the road
Red Milksnake captures a Woodland Vole.
I heard squeaking coming from just off trail. Searching for the source, I saw a leaf move. On lifting the leaf I uncovered this scene: a Lampropeltis triangulum syspila constricting a Microtus pinetorum.
Red Milksnake, woodland vole
Red milksnake, woodland vole
The same snake was found at the same tin pile two years in a row.
Opaque subadult found under a rock
Subadult, found under a rock
"Shawnee" Kingnsake; intergrade black X speckled kingsnake
Juvenile Shawnee Kingsnake and Red-bellied Snake
Juvenile Shawnee Kingsnake and same-sized Red-bellied Snake
How many herps do you see?
The Southern Leopard frog jumped and landed next to the Copperhead; we likely would have walked past if if not for the frog. However, none of us saw the second Copperhead at the time, in spite of taking lots of photos.
Copperhead blending in
Ralph set his camera bag down right next to this snake and didn't see it camouflaged in the leaves.
Large male Copperhead guarding his smaller mate
Emerging from its den
Returning to its den
Crossing the road at night
Cottonmouth approaching a Copperhead, which thrashed away violently
Cottonmouth floating in clear water
A huge, old, Cottonmouth basking on a boulder under some brush
Cottonmouth in its den