Saunders went down to Georgia.

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Saunders
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Saunders went down to Georgia.

Post by Saunders » October 11th, 2013, 8:40 am

Well, since I'm now a southeast herper I decided to take advantage of my position.
One of my professors here at Sewanee told me about how some of the people she worked with when she was at UGA were going to do a bioblitz last weekend in southern GA, I jumped on this opportunity and decided to go down and join them.
I got to meet some cool people, including some herpers who I have known from the forums (Danielherps).
Anyway, here is the stuff that we found.
I drove 7 hours down from Tennessee, but the drive wasn't without excitement.
First snake I found was this big ole Gray Ratsnake.
Gray Ratsnake (Pantherophis obseletus)
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_DSC0008 by Saundersdrukk, on Flickr

Next I pulled up on this little beauty
Eastern Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus)
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_DSC0017 by Saundersdrukk, on Flickr

The next snake
Eastern Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis sauritus)
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_DSC0021 by Saundersdrukk, on Flickr

Last snake of the drive was my favorite.
Southern Copperhead (Agkistrodon contortix contortix)
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_DSC0028 by Saundersdrukk, on Flickr

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_DSC0034 by Saundersdrukk, on Flickr

That night's cruising only turned up toads and frogs for me from that point on, but when I got to the cabin that we were staying at they had a present for me that they had caught before, I was elated to get to see this impressive snake.
Eastern Mudsnake (Farancia abacura abacura)
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1394216_10202106563611435_971481398_n by Saundersdrukk, on Flickr

I went out for a hike with some guys along the river and found this cool little critter.
Three Lined Salamander (Eurycea gluttolineata)
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_DSC0046 by Saundersdrukk, on Flickr

And this one,
Brown Watersnake (Nerodia taxispilota)
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_DSC0084 by Saundersdrukk, on Flickr

The next morning we went for a walk through some prime adamanteus and simus habitat yet found none, what we did find was this cool snake.
Eastern Coachwhip (Coluber (masticophis) flagellum flagellum)
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_DSC0055 by Saundersdrukk, on Flickr

Went cruising and hiking that day for some stuff, not much though other than this guy,
Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus)
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_DSC0073 by Saundersdrukk, on Flickr

That night we found this Banded Watersnake (Nerodia fasciata)
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_DSC0100 by Saundersdrukk, on Flickr

That was the end of the things I was there to find, but the next day I got to photograph some cool animals that others had found.
Starting with the Mudsnake
These guys are very annoying to photograph, or at least this one was.
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_DSC0081 by Saundersdrukk, on Flickr

Next, a juvie ratsnake
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_DSC0092 by Saundersdrukk, on Flickr

Eastern Kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula getula)
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_DSC0110 by Saundersdrukk, on Flickr

Now, probably my favorite two things to photograph were these two amazing snakes.
Dusky Pigmy Rattlesnakes (Sistrurus miliarius barbouri)
#1
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_DSC0124 by Saundersdrukk, on Flickr

#2
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_DSC0131 by Saundersdrukk, on Flickr


Well that's it, I'm now back in TN.
As well, I recently finished my most recent video in TN, which includes the snakes seen in this post.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQFWvIQp ... eURjm2S2og

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Re: Saunders went down to Georgia.

Post by axeman2729 » October 11th, 2013, 8:44 am

You take some extremely good photos saunders. How do you like the south east so far? I love it when my family and I go down to hilton head south carolina almost every year. Are you very far from there?

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Re: Saunders went down to Georgia.

Post by Ecto Hunter » October 11th, 2013, 11:49 am

That was an awesome weekend! It was good meeting you (and everyone else who attended). You got some great shots and undoubtedly some great memories. I know I did. -Robb

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Re: Saunders went down to Georgia.

Post by Saunders » October 11th, 2013, 2:13 pm

Axe: I love the south east so far, there is so much cool stuff.
I'm in central TN so I'm kinda far from there, but not extremely far.

Robb: It was an AWESOME weekend.

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Re: Saunders went down to Georgia.

Post by Shane_TX » October 12th, 2013, 8:11 pm

Very impressive mudsnake. Definitely a good area to search for the food items of that beast!

Pygs are always a fun find and at least westward, an extremely good indicator of habitat diversity.

Shane

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Re: Saunders went down to Georgia.

Post by Tamara D. McConnell » October 15th, 2013, 3:17 am

The closeup shot of the copperhead is very beautiful.

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