The past few years in Alabama (and the southeast)

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Matt Arnold
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The past few years in Alabama (and the southeast)

Post by Matt Arnold » April 27th, 2015, 9:25 am

Wow, I haven't posted anything on here in a couple years. A have posted a lot of my findings in the facebook group, but i'll go ahead and post on here as well. I did not get out a lot in 2013 and 2014 due to being so busy, but i'm off to a pretty good start in 2015. Some of the stuff was found in late 2012. But anyways, here goes...

Late 2012 I went down to Mobile, Alabama to visit with Tamara and Raymond. I am very grateful to be friends with them and always appreciate their hospitality. We had a great weekend in October with plenty of stuff to find.

Cottonmouth found on the road
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We drove over to Mississippi one evening to look for Green Waters and Salt Marsh's
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This one had some interesting patterning..
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We also shined this Rough Green
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Went flipping the next morning, got a Speckled King, a Corn, a Rat, a Racer, and some Ribbons...
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Habitat shot..
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Back in North Alabama, Chris Montross and I found this Juvenile Rat Snake in late October
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As said previously, I did not get out much in 2013, but I did take a trip up to the dens to look for Rattlesnakes in June. Only found 1..
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In spring of 2013 I went to a couple power cuts and found a few kings -
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Later in June of 2013, Tamara passed through the area so I took her out to look for sallies. Not the ideal time of year, so we struck out on Sallies. Tamara managed to find this gem in a bluff though!

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Went to the swamp with her as well, she shined this Midland Water swimming around. A cottonmouth was found as well (not shown)

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I did not make it out much in Spring of 2014, but I flipped this little Ringneck early in the year.
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Summer came and road cruising was a bit more productive..
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I was told about a cool spot for Red Milks in the summertime, and it did not dissappoint.
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Late later summer of 2014 I made another couple trips up to the dens for Rattlesnakes. A few were found but did not get photos due to them being tucked in rocks.. I did get a couple shots of other things though, like Anna Ruby falls, a Black Rat, a couple Copperheads, and a Garter Snake
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Nice view..
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In October of 2014 I went down to the ANF for a weekend to look for EDB's. It was a fun trip bad sad at the same time, this was the only EDB found..
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Live snakes were found though
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Also saw a Gopher Tortoise!
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I have had a bit more time this spring of 2015 - one day a friend and I went flipping on power cuts and a few hours had went by and we were already up to 8 Black Kingsnakes..

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The swamp has been productive as well -
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And finally, a beautiful Timber Rattlesnake and my first of the year..
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Hope you all enjoyed. Ill try to post more often in the future :D

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BillMcGighan
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Re: The past few years in Alabama (and the southeast)

Post by BillMcGighan » April 27th, 2015, 9:36 am

Good stuff, Matt.
Glad to see you're still hunting!

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Kevin Messenger
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Re: The past few years in Alabama (and the southeast)

Post by Kevin Messenger » April 27th, 2015, 12:58 pm

very nice man! i hate that I'm stuck in the office so much....

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Re: The past few years in Alabama (and the southeast)

Post by Mike VanValen » April 27th, 2015, 1:49 pm

That corn is a monster! I would love to see one like that. And, of course, the milks are stunning. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: The past few years in Alabama (and the southeast)

Post by Noah M » April 27th, 2015, 4:00 pm

very nice man! i hate that I'm stuck in the office so much....
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I like all of the kings too!

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Re: The past few years in Alabama (and the southeast)

Post by Tamara D. McConnell » April 27th, 2015, 5:25 pm

I've never had an 8 king day. I think I'd probably have to be sedated.
Wonderful post, Matt. It was fun reliving memories and exciting to see your rattlesnakes. That big timber is magnificent.
Come on back anytime.

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