The First 2 Months

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The First 2 Months

Post by Noah M » February 28th, 2015, 7:17 am

Last year I had ambitious goals. This year I've been taking things more slowly. Here are a few items from Florida during the first 2 months of year. I hope you enjoy.

-Noah

Greenhouse frog (inavsive) Eleutherodactylus planirostris
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Ground skink Scincella lateralis
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Eastern Spadefoot Scaphiopus holbrookii
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Ornate Chorus Frog Pseudacris ornata - (Found in the peninsula) It did not want to sit still.
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Southern Chorus Frog Pseudacris nigrita
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Southern Leopard Frog Lithobates sphenocephalus
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Green Tree Frog Hyla cinerea
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Spring Peeper Pseudacris crucifer
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Southern Cricket Frog Acris gryllus
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Fowler's Toad Anaxyrus fowleri
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Southern Toad Anaxyrus terrestris
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Bullfrog (juvenile) Lithobates catesbeianus
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Three-lined Salamander Eurycea guttolineata
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Dwarf Salamanders Eurycea quadridigitata
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Apalachicola Dusky Salamanders Desmognathus apalachicolae
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Marbled Salamanders Ambystoma opacum
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Southern Ringneck Snake & Wolf Spider (as found under a log) Diadophis punctatus punctatus
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Florida Watersnake Nerodia fasciata pictiventris
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Re: The First 2 Months

Post by Noah M » March 10th, 2015, 4:56 pm

Really, no comments after 200 views? Dang I must be vain to be bothered by that :crazyeyes: :lol: :lol:

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Re: The First 2 Months

Post by Jeff » March 10th, 2015, 7:16 pm

Noah

I also heard the crickets chirping. Snake and lizard activity is really up over here as well. I think the folks north of the 31st parallel are in denial. By the time their snow melts we will be contemplating the Fall activity peak. Hasta Septiembre!

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Re: The First 2 Months

Post by Noah M » March 11th, 2015, 6:25 am

Jeff wrote:Noah

I also heard the crickets chirping. Snake and lizard activity is really up over here as well. I think the folks north of the 31st parallel are in denial. By the time their snow melts we will be contemplating the Fall activity peak. Hasta Septiembre!

Jeff

Haha. I sympathize with our northern friends. But spring should be near. I remember finding sallies in Indiana in March.

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Re: The First 2 Months

Post by pete » March 11th, 2015, 5:50 pm

I gave up on vanity decades ago!
Nice variety for the winter months! One day the snow will melt here.... An I'll find redbacks :lol:
Slightly envious of your temps! Thanks for posting

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Re: The First 2 Months

Post by simus343 » March 12th, 2015, 10:14 am

Well sorry for not finding and replying earlier Noah :P. I have an actual question about one of your pics, I find it very intriguing. Is that second pic after the "Dwarf Salamander" heading also a dwarf sally? I have seen lots of copper colored ones on Eglin, but NEVER a black/super-dark brown one!

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Re: The First 2 Months

Post by Noah M » March 13th, 2015, 11:19 am

Both of 'em are dwarfs. I'm actually in the other direction - I always see dark ones and the copper colored ones confused me. I thought they were young two-lines at first.

I believe the genetic work of Ken Wray at FSU is starting to show that what we thought we knew about dwarf sallies is wrong. I'm seeing more and more people list them as Eurycea cf. quadridigitata. I think I read somewhere there may be up to 4 different species of dwarf salamander. I'm not sure the coloration is an indication, but I can tell you the lighter colored ones were found in a much different habitat than the darker ones.

Check out his picture and the comments about it here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kwray/602 ... e9S-9FJA51

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