First reptiles of 2012, including a lifer

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First reptiles of 2012, including a lifer

Post by Matt J » March 24th, 2012, 9:16 am

Amazing weather up here in northeastern PA has gotten things moving a bit. This past week I've been working in a project area with a ton of streams and wetlands which has given me the opportunity for some incidental herp sightings.

First off is this Painted Turtle I found crossing the landowners driveway in between two wetlands:
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Farther uphill I came across this awesome seep and eagerly told my coworkers "Sh****t, if I was a Spring Salamander I would live here:
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Sure enough, found this guy under the very first rock I flipped:
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Found another one in a different seep, by far the biggest one I've seen myself:
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While delineating a great looking stream I started thinking that this area looked great for wood turtles, even though I've never seen one before. After a few minutes in the stream I walked up on this sight:
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Lifer Wood Turtle! A decent-sized male
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A bit further down the stream I spotted this female basking:
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I got out of work early and decided to go mountain biking for a bit and poked around the parking area. A little rustling in the leaves led me to my first snake of the year, this ugly Garter:
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While I'm at it, I went hiking with the GF last weekend for some amphibian hunting. How many of us have taken a hundred pics of a redback, convinced at the time that it is something cooler like a Valley and Ridge Salamander? I want someone to tell me this one actually is, :lol: :cry:
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Wood frogs were calling like crazy last weekend:
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Leaving their eggs all over the place. Also some ambystomatid eggs:
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Two-lined salamander:
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And some hot red-spotted newt loving:
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Thanks for looking :beer:

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Re: First reptiles of 2012, including a lifer

Post by MattSullivan » March 24th, 2012, 9:47 am

nice! i've never seen a wood turtle or the newts. or the spring salamander hahah

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Post by sstaedtler » March 24th, 2012, 10:08 am

Jealous of the Wood Turtles - nice find! I used to go up to some friends house in Susquehanna County every Memorial Day and we'd go hiking, and usually we'd find 1 Wood turtle. As I got older though, we saw less and less. They also had a pond with red-spotted newts in it, lots of frogs, and spotted salamanders in the pasture behind the pond.

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Re: First reptiles of 2012, including a lifer

Post by kyle loucks » March 24th, 2012, 10:14 am

Sorry Matt, hoffmani it aint. Nice turtles though, and a gargantuan spring sal.

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Re: First reptiles of 2012, including a lifer

Post by Brendan Murray » March 24th, 2012, 10:42 am

Wood turtle! Awesome finds! That seep looks amazing.

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Post by Mike VanValen » March 24th, 2012, 6:57 pm

Congrats on your first woody! :lol: :lol: :lol: :thumb:

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Re: First reptiles of 2012, including a lifer

Post by gone herpin » March 24th, 2012, 8:08 pm

Great finds man! Looks like you had one hell of a time! :thumb:

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Re: First reptiles of 2012, including a lifer

Post by will lattea » March 26th, 2012, 8:33 am

Cool stuff. Gota head further west for hoffmani. You'll know 'em when you see their belly.

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Re: First reptiles of 2012, including a lifer

Post by brick911 » March 26th, 2012, 9:48 am

Great post Matt. That Spring sal is a beast! Wood turtles = congrats. The newt shot is cool as well. :thumb:

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Re: First reptiles of 2012, including a lifer

Post by intermedius » March 26th, 2012, 11:15 am

Beautiful. Congrats on the new lifer.

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Post by incuhead2000 » March 26th, 2012, 1:56 pm

looks like a good start, thanks for sharing! :thumb:

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Re: First reptiles of 2012, including a lifer

Post by Matt J » March 26th, 2012, 4:58 pm

kyle loucks wrote:Sorry Matt, hoffmani it aint.
Haha, yeahhhhhh I know. That's why I didn't rush home and post it on here as soon as I found it, lol.
will lattea wrote:Cool stuff. Gota head further west for hoffmani. You'll know 'em when you see their belly.
I didn't say where I found this little guy ;) ;)

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Re: First reptiles of 2012, including a lifer

Post by ohioherpercountryboy » March 26th, 2012, 5:23 pm

very cool ive done some spring herping this past weekend and found a large spotted salamander but ive never seen a wood turtle

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Re: First reptiles of 2012, including a lifer

Post by Jeffreyrichard » March 27th, 2012, 6:43 am

Nice ... particulary the wood turtle ... still searching for my 1st ...

I love spring ...

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