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More Winter Herping.

Post by Josh Young » March 5th, 2014, 1:45 pm

Figured I'd share what I've been up to over the past few weeks. Herping has picked up quite a bit, and I have been getting out more often.


I got this Dwarf salamander double flip at a pond behind my house.
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Dwarf salamander. by Joshua W. Young, on Flickr

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Dwarf salamanders. by Joshua W. Young, on Flickr

Also managed to find 3 greater sirens in a spillway from a pond not far from my house. This spillway has produced aquatic salamanders for me before, I've found several amphiumas in the same spillway before.
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Greater siren. by Joshua W. Young, on Flickr

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Greater siren. by Joshua W. Young, on Flickr

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Greater sirens. by Joshua W. Young, on Flickr

I met up with Jake Scott, Garrett Craft, Jordan Schmitt, Mike Spencer, and Micah Riddle for some salamandering in the Panhandle. It was a lifer filled day for me.

Lifer.
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Apalachicola dusky salamander. by Joshua W. Young, on Flickr

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Apalachicola dusky salamander. by Joshua W. Young, on Flickr

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Three-lined salamander. by Joshua W. Young, on Flickr

Lifer.
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Larval two-lined salamander. by Joshua W. Young, on Flickr

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Two-lined salamander. by Joshua W. Young, on Flickr

Lifer. Flipped by Micah under a log.
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Copperhead. by Joshua W. Young, on Flickr

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Copperhead. by Joshua W. Young, on Flickr

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Copperhead. by Joshua W. Young, on Flickr

Micah, Garrett, Jordan, Mike and I decided to spend the night at a motel to try and herp the next day, and across the road from the motel was a hearty chorus of Upland chorus frogs, so we spent some time photographing these guys.
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Upland chorus frog. by Joshua W. Young, on Flickr

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Upland chorus frog. by Joshua W. Young, on Flickr

The next morning proved to be wet and rainy, and the weather was going to remain the same in the area for the rest of the day, so we decided to just call it a day and return home.


Back home, with the warmish temps at night, I chased frogs around the house.

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Bronze frog. by Joshua W. Young, on Flickr

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Bullfrog. by Joshua W. Young, on Flickr

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Bullfrog. by Joshua W. Young, on Flickr


We have had our fair share of rainy nights, and on those nights I got to indulge in my Pseudacris craving. I really love Pseudacris, a lot, and I think the next series of photos will reflect that a bit.

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Ornate chorus frog. by Joshua W. Young, on Flickr

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Ornate chorus frog. by Joshua W. Young, on Flickr

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Ornate chorus frog. by Joshua W. Young, on Flickr

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Ornate chorus frog. by Joshua W. Young, on Flickr

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Ornate chorus frog. by Joshua W. Young, on Flickr

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Ornate chorus frog. by Joshua W. Young, on Flickr

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Ornate chorus frog. by Joshua W. Young, on Flickr

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Ornate chorus frog. by Joshua W. Young, on Flickr

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Ornate chorus frogs. by Joshua W. Young, on Flickr

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Ornate chorus frogs. by Joshua W. Young, on Flickr

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Southern chorus frog. by Joshua W. Young, on Flickr

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Southern chorus frog. by Joshua W. Young, on Flickr


This past weekend, I met up with a group of herpers from VA, NC, and North Ga over in southeast Georgia, the groups main targets were indigos and diamondbacks.

On the first day, the group managed to turn up 2 indigos, including this 6 foot individual, as well as a smaller individual around 3 feet. No diamondbacks were turned up either day.

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I didn't take any photos besides just a quick cell phone voucher photo, so I share with you a photo of the 6 foot individual taken by my friend Santosh Shanmuga, one of the NC herpers.

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DSC_2466 by santosh_shanmuga, on Flickr

We poked around at the campground and managed to turn up a couple two-toed amphiumas, as well as a couple metamorph river frogs and tadpoles.
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River frog metamorph. by Joshua W. Young, on Flickr

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River frog tadpole and metamorph/ by Joshua W. Young, on Flickr

On the second day we didn't manage to turn up any more indigos or a diamondback, but Ian Deery did turn up an eastern hognose, which would have been a lifer for me, and there was also a racer and red bellied snake turned up, as far as snakes go.

Ian's friend Vincent flipped this Slimy salamander under a log.
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Slimy salamander. by Joshua W. Young, on Flickr

And this 8 foot gator was residing in a pond.
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Alligator. by Joshua W. Young, on Flickr

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Alligator. by Joshua W. Young, on Flickr

So that's what I have been up to since my last post. This weekend I take a trip back down to South Florida for a week, so I'll be sure to have more to share after that trip.

Thanks for looking, and I hope you enjoyed.

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Re: More Winter Herping.

Post by NACairns » March 5th, 2014, 2:25 pm

Nice post, I love all the Pseudacris.

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Re: More Winter Herping.

Post by Rich in Reptiles » March 5th, 2014, 2:38 pm

Ooooh! Love the flash colors on that ornate chorus frog!!! The sirens are pretty awesome too!

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Re: More Winter Herping.

Post by frogfish » March 5th, 2014, 10:54 pm

Nice write-up Josh!

-Santosh

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Re: More Winter Herping.

Post by Tamara D. McConnell » March 6th, 2014, 3:53 am

I love the shot of the frog hanging in the water, looking like he's in space.
Great images and narrative! The calling Pseudacris are awesome.

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Re: More Winter Herping.

Post by Carl D. May » March 6th, 2014, 4:19 am

Fantastic shots! The copperhead closeup is superb. But for me, the coolest are those sirens. I haven't found any of them since I was about 12 years old. Yours are beauties too.
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Re: More Winter Herping.

Post by Noah M » March 7th, 2014, 6:28 am

They're all neat, but the copperhead close up is really nice.

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