"Spring" in SoFla.

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Josh Young
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"Spring" in SoFla.

Post by Josh Young » April 5th, 2012, 12:47 pm

Just a few things from this "Spring" season here in South Florida.

Rough green snakes
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Yellow rat snake.
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Florida water snakes.
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Brown water snake.
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Swamp snake.
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Florida water moccasin.
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Corn snake that I found under my truck after returning from searching for sirens.
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Mud turtles.
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Florida Chorus frog.
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Leopard frogs.
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Green treefrog
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Amphiuma
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Southern toad.
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Another Peninsula newt.
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Pig frogs.
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Pine woods treefrog.
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Gator footprint found while searching for sirens.
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Feral pigs.
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Barred owl chicks.
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Scenic and habitat shots.
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If you made it through then I hope you enjoyed the photos. Thanks for taking a look.

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Post by Dr. Dark » April 5th, 2012, 2:45 pm

Very nice stuff! I think that is the first Swamp Snake I have ever seen posted on FHF...beautiful red venter!

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Post by Coluber Constrictor » April 5th, 2012, 2:57 pm

What's spring like down there? Are the bugs/heat already unbearably bad?

That swamp snake is pretty cool. :thumb:

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Post by Coluber Constrictor » April 5th, 2012, 2:59 pm

And the chorus frog is a neat find. i didn't know they made it that far south.

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Post by neherper » April 5th, 2012, 4:00 pm

did you emboss those habitat shots? i think i went blind looking at them :p

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Post by mikemike » April 5th, 2012, 4:06 pm

The Seminatrix shots are cool. They're interesting little guys.

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Post by JakeScott » April 5th, 2012, 4:19 pm

Very nice Josh. Seen a lot of these already, but some I definitely have not. That mud turtle is COVERED in baby leaches. And you can just barely see what's left of a crayfish in that pig frogs mouth. But my favorite is still that fluorescent leopard; crazy color!

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Post by MHollanders » April 5th, 2012, 4:57 pm

Cool stuff. I like the chorus frog and the amphiuma. What's up with some of those habitat shots?

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Post by umop apisdn » April 5th, 2012, 8:24 pm

Sorry, I got distracted by the pig frog with a pin going in the tympanum and out the other side of the head. Is there a story behind that one?
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Post by Don Cascabel » April 5th, 2012, 10:27 pm

Yeah the pin got me as well... also is that a crawfish leg hanging out of the mouth or are they frog toes???

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Post by Rags » April 6th, 2012, 1:17 am

Well Josh you certainly have some great reptiles and amphibians down there and well photographed.

The Yellow Rat Snake seems to go on forever in the first shot. Also enjoyed the grumpy Southern Toad.

Thanks for posting these.

(I think I prefer the views unphotoshopped)

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Post by Josh Holbrook » April 6th, 2012, 4:36 am

Don Cascabel wrote:Yeah the pin got me as well... also is that a crawfish leg hanging out of the mouth or are they frog toes???

Looks like crawfish - i think the other side of the "pin" is the antenna.

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Post by Josh Young » April 6th, 2012, 10:54 am

umop apisdn wrote:Sorry, I got distracted by the pig frog with a pin going in the tympanum and out the other side of the head. Is there a story behind that one?
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That's an insect on it and the other side is the antenna of the crawfish like Holbrook said.


MHollanders wrote:Cool stuff. I like the chorus frog and the amphiuma. What's up with some of those habitat shots?
They're my attempt at HDR. I really like the over saturation and vibrance for some reason....guess others not so much.

JakeScott wrote:Very nice Josh. Seen a lot of these already, but some I definitely have not. That mud turtle is COVERED in baby leaches. And you can just barely see what's left of a crayfish in that pig frogs mouth. But my favorite is still that fluorescent leopard; crazy color!

-Jake
Yeah I watched him grab the crawdad, it happened to quick to get a photo of, I got the very end of the ordeal. That mud turtle was in a little mud hole which was crawling with those leeches, so I removed him and placed him in a deeper body of water, hoping the leeches would disperse.


Coluber Constrictor wrote:What's spring like down there? Are the bugs/heat already unbearably bad?

That swamp snake is pretty cool. :thumb:
Spring isn't warm enough at night for me, I like the blistering heat and smothering humidity. The bugs are just a minor inconvenience to me, and I barely feel skeeters biting me anymore. Southern chorus frogs range all the way to the tip of the peninsula.

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Re: "Spring" in SoFla.

Post by Reptiluvr » April 6th, 2012, 9:44 pm

Great variety, it's really making me miss home. The Rough Green headshot is amazing! The Seminatrix is a cool find. I've only found one before. The Leopard Frog metamorphs are super cool looking!

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Re: "Spring" in SoFla.

Post by Bill Love » April 13th, 2012, 9:03 pm

Nice variety that makes me a little homesick for my other home. Your southern toad pix remind me how impressive those monster-sized specimens from down far south (like in ENP) are compared to those in most of the peninsula. Seems like someone might want to give them a closer look for differences other than simply larger size.

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Post by Ross Padilla » April 14th, 2012, 7:48 am

Great report. Thanks for sharing. :beer:

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Post by reako45 » April 14th, 2012, 7:50 pm

My head's still swimmin' from those habitat shots. Love the head pattern on those mud turtles. Gorgeous photography overall!

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Post by Neil M » April 15th, 2012, 5:52 pm

are those some crazy enhanced HDR shots? nice addition to the post. love the yellow rat snake. just beautiful


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Re: "Spring" in SoFla.

Post by thinkin_feller » April 15th, 2012, 6:33 pm

Great shots of the K. baurii, turtles don't get near the respect they deserve - certainly my favourite part of your post. How many individuals were you able to photograph? I'm guessing they are common in the area you were exploring?

Dan

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