2013 in Georgia and North Carolina

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2013 in Georgia and North Carolina

Post by Stohlgren » August 12th, 2013, 5:54 pm

The title says it all. Pretty much my year to date, in more or less chronological order. Too many pictures, not much commentary.

My year started very slowly, with not much time in the field.
Necturus "lodingi"
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Lithobates palustris
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Warm day in early Feb.
Crotalus horridus
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Plenty of rain this year made for good reproduction of these two species:
Ambystoma tigrinum
Male
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Female
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Lithobates capito
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And hopefully drowned a few of these
Solenopsis invicta
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Ambystoma maculatum just before hatching. It is pretty well known that spotted salamanders have a symbiotic relationship with a green algae called Oophila amblystomatis, which grows within the egg mass. The algae provides oxygen to the salamanders while the salamanders provide carbon dioxide to the algae. Interestingly, it has recently been discovered that the algae even grow within the cells of the salamander itself, which is the first time this has been documented in a vertebrate.
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Just after hatching
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Hemidactylium scutatum just before hatching
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Pseudacris ornata
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Lampropeltis getula
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Nerodia sipedon
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Pseudacris crucifer
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Terrapene carolina
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Malaclemys terrapin
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Virginia valeriae
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Graptemys barbouri
male
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Juvenile
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Apalone spinifera
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Dipped a gigantic leaf pack, expecting Necturus, found this ammocoete state southern brook lamprey (Ichthyomyzon gagei) instead. A non-parasitic species of lamprey. The ammocoetes are blind, have a hood shaped mouth, and feed on detritus. Once they metamorphose, adults will breed and die without feeding.
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Macrochelys temminckii
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Heterodon comparison
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Heterodon simus
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Lampropeltis getula
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Pantherophis obsoletus
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Spent most of the summer in the mountains.
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Metamorph Pseudotriton ruber
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Yearling Regina septemvittata
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Black-throated green warbler
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with chick
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Agkistrodon contortrix
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Crotalus horridus
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Lithobates sylvaticus
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Sceloporus undulatus
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Agkistrodon contortrix
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Crotalus horridus
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Lampropeltis triangulum triangulum
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Unknown ants
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Myotis leibii
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Crotalus horridus
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Agkistrodon contortrix
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Back in the coastal plain
Agkistrodon piscivorus
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Yearling Farancia abacura, found along side Stereochilus marginatus and Siren intermedia
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This pair of hercules beetles (Dynastes tityus) were found beneath a street light were a barn owl was foraging.
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Whitish tiger beetles [Cicindela (Ellipsoptera) gratiosa]
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Erythrodiplax minuscula
male
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immature
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More mountains
Gyrinophilus porphyriticus
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Crotalus horridus and Agkistrodon contortrix
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Crotalus horridus
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That's it for now. Thanks for looking.

-Kevin

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Re: 2013 in Georgia and North Carolina

Post by Rich in Reptiles » August 12th, 2013, 6:14 pm

The photography on this forum never ceases to blow my mind, and this post certainly blew my mind! I didn't know about the symbiotic relationship between algae and spotted salamander egg masses. I will definitely look more into that, it sounds really captivating. You must have put a lot of time and patience into every photo, thanks for sharing!

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Re: 2013 in Georgia and North Carolina

Post by Fieldherper » August 12th, 2013, 6:28 pm

Awesome! What else is there to say!?

FH

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Re: 2013 in Georgia and North Carolina

Post by Tamara D. McConnell » August 12th, 2013, 6:45 pm

So much beauty in one post...amazing! This is truly art.
The diamondback terrapin shot took my breath away.
Thank you for sharing your remarkable images.

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Re: 2013 in Georgia and North Carolina

Post by Coluber Constrictor » August 12th, 2013, 7:04 pm

That chorus frog tadpole certainly is interesting looking.

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Re: 2013 in Georgia and North Carolina

Post by Carl D. May » August 13th, 2013, 3:25 am

The salamander egg photography is nothing short of incredible! Speechless!

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Re: 2013 in Georgia and North Carolina

Post by pjfishpa » August 13th, 2013, 4:37 am

Your pics are amazing! Examples of what I strive for every year. Fine job man. Love that kingsnake pic and those timbers and that timber site are great too! Nice post.

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Re: 2013 in Georgia and North Carolina

Post by BillMcGighan » August 13th, 2013, 6:05 am

Sensory overload, Kevin.
too much good stuff! :thumb:

I always appreciate pics showing field marks for later showing newbies. The hog comparison is first class.

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Re: 2013 in Georgia and North Carolina

Post by will lattea » August 13th, 2013, 9:49 am

woot woot! :beer:

i nominated your maculatum egg phor foto oph the week because it's mega.

my only complaint is that you aren't finding/ taking photos of enough dark phases :P

W

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Re: 2013 in Georgia and North Carolina

Post by PNWHerper » August 13th, 2013, 10:48 am

Wow, I am so impressed with this collection of images. What an AWESOME series of photos. Your quality is top notch!

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I could stare at this one for a long time. Great shot. Are there other ambystomids that have similar or the same relationship with this kind of algae?

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Re: 2013 in Georgia and North Carolina

Post by Kelly Mc » August 13th, 2013, 10:49 am

Each one so very Perfect, but you actually injured me with the Ambystoma in egg -

some photos hit me hard and make me love life so much.

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Re: 2013 in Georgia and North Carolina

Post by jspreitzer » August 13th, 2013, 11:43 am

Incredible photography!!! You should be very proud of what you've shared with us!!!

THANKS!

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Re: 2013 in Georgia and North Carolina

Post by Stohlgren » August 13th, 2013, 4:09 pm

Thanks for the compliments, guys. The maculatum egg photos is certainly one of my favorites from this year.
Rich in Reptiles wrote:You must have put a lot of time and patience into every photo, thanks for sharing!
Probably more than I should.
BillMcGighan wrote:I always appreciate pics showing field marks for later showing newbies. The hog comparison is first class.
Thanks. I was glad to have that opportunity. Definitely more useful to have a side-by-side photo than having two photos, side-by-side.
will lattea wrote:i nominated your maculatum egg phor foto oph the week because it's mega.
Thanks, man. It's kind of funny, I always see the option to nominate a photo of the week , but have never actually seen a photo of the week on this site. Or maybe I am just missing it?
will lattea wrote:my only complaint is that you aren't finding/ taking photos of enough dark phases :P
Those shots encompass most of the variability I see in this region. You get dark ones, lighter ones, and brown ones, but you don't see the extremely dark or high yellow like I've seen photos of further north. Wish I could get up there with you, but I don't think it will happen this year due to some recently unforeseen circumstances.
PNWHerper wrote:Are there other ambystomids that have similar or the same relationship with this kind of algae?
Not that I am aware of.


-Kevin

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Re: 2013 in Georgia and North Carolina

Post by Steve Barten » August 14th, 2013, 12:32 pm

There is a lot of really nice photography on this forum but yours is just outstanding. Your composition, exposure, depth of field, and focus really raise the bar for the rest of us. I particularly liked the salamander eggs photos and Heterodon comparison ones. The juvenile Mudsnake also was beautiful.
I usually lurk, but this excellent post prompted me to comment. Hope to see more from you in the future.
Great stuff.
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Re: 2013 in Georgia and North Carolina

Post by Bostaff of Asclepius » August 14th, 2013, 2:23 pm

Wow, good stuff, I particularly liked the Crotalus and Pantherophis shots. Keep up the great work!

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Re: 2013 in Georgia and North Carolina

Post by Josh Holbrook » August 14th, 2013, 3:23 pm

Wow - what a great set! How are you getting some of the egg shots? Aquarium set-up and a big lens?

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Re: 2013 in Georgia and North Carolina

Post by Blacktail31 » August 14th, 2013, 3:28 pm

Sweet post! That first C. horridus looks like a beast! Also love the Gopher frog. I don't see those very often. Great diversity!

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Re: 2013 in Georgia and North Carolina

Post by Stohlgren » August 15th, 2013, 7:18 am

Josh Holbrook wrote:How are you getting some of the egg shots? Aquarium set-up and a big lens?
Using a homemade glass-bottomed tupperware thingamajig and a 100mm macro.

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Re: 2013 in Georgia and North Carolina

Post by CCarille » August 15th, 2013, 7:33 am

Fantastic post Kevin! Some really great shots in there... I especially love the panorama over the mountains with the mist. Stitched together or a wide angle lens?

I'm also glad you answered Josh's question because the salamander larvae/egg shots are just outstanding! You've made me want to get out and experience with aquatic egg photography.

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Re: 2013 in Georgia and North Carolina

Post by Stohlgren » August 15th, 2013, 9:23 am

Thanks, Chris. I used my cameras pano mode for that photo. I would have preferred to stitch it manually if I had brought my tripod. Have fun trying out some egg photography.

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Re: 2013 in Georgia and North Carolina

Post by Kevin McRae » August 15th, 2013, 5:37 pm

Amazing photos, great post!

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Re: 2013 in Georgia and North Carolina

Post by Mike VanValen » August 15th, 2013, 7:54 pm

Yeah, definite sensory overload! The hoggie face to face is so awesome. I appreciate all the turtles!

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