2015 in the New York State (Pic Heavy!)

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2015 in the New York State (Pic Heavy!)

Post by NewYorkHerper16 » November 7th, 2015, 2:16 pm

Now that the herping season is coming to a close in New York, I thought i'd put together an end of year post. 2015 was a great year for me with several amazing lifers! Most of the photos here are from Long Island, the Hudson Valley, and the Catskills. Unfortunately some species are missing because the photos didn't come out well, but for the most part this is a good representation of the herps I found in this wonderful state.

SNAKES:

Eastern Milk Snake

ImageEastern Milk Snake (Neonate) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageEastern Milk Snake (Lampropeltis triangulum triangulum) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr

Eastern Ribbon Snake

ImageEastern Ribbon Snake (T. sauritus) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageEastern Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis s. sauritus) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageEastern Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis sauritus sauritus) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr

Eastern Garter Snake

ImageEastern Garter Snake by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageEastern Garter Snake by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageEastern Garter Snake by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageEastern Garter Snake (T. s. sirtalis) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageEastern Garter Snake by Alex Roukis, on Flickr

Northern Brown Snake

ImageNorthern Brown Snake (Storeria dekayi dekayi) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageNorthern Brown Snake (Storeria dekayi dekayi) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr

Northern Ringneck Snake

ImageNorthern Ringneck Snake (D. punctatus edwardsii) Ventrum by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageNorthern Ringneck Snake by Alex Roukis, on Flickr

Northern Black Racer

ImageNorthern Black Racer (Coluber constrictor constrictor) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageNorthern Black Racer (Coluber constrictor constrictor) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr

Northern Redbelly Snake (i'm not quite sure how I only ended up with one decent photo of this species this year when they are one of the most common snakes I find!)

ImageNorthern Redbellied Snake (Storeria occipitomaculata) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr

Northern Water Snake

ImageNorthern Water Snake (Nerodia s. sipedon) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageNorthern Water Snake (N. sipedon) in-habitat by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageNorthern Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon sipedon) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageNorthern Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon sipedon) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr

Black Rat Snake

ImageBlack Rat Snake by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageBlack Rat Snake by Alex Roukis, on Flickr

Timber Rattlesnake

ImageTimber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageTimber Rattlesnake by Alex Roukis, on Flickr


TURTLES

Eastern Box Turtle

ImageEastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageEastern Box Turtle (Terrapene c. carolina) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageEastern Box Turtle in-habitat by Alex Roukis, on Flickr

Eastern Painted Turtle

ImageEastern Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta picta) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageEastern Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta picta) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr

Red-Eared Slider

ImageRed-Eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageRed Eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr

Common Snapping Turtle

ImageSnapping Turtle by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageCommon Snapping Turtle by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageCommon Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr


Lizards

Italian Wall Lizard

ImageItalian Wall Lizard (Podarcis sicula) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr


Frogs/Toads

American Bullfrog

ImageAmerican Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageAmerican Bullfrog by Alex Roukis, on Flickr

Northern Green Frog

ImageNorthern Green Frog (Lithobates clamitans melanota) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageNorthern Green Frog (Lithobates clamitans melanota) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr

Pickerel Frog

ImagePickerel Frog (Lithobates palustris) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImagePickerel Frog (Lithobates palustris) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImagePickerel Frog (Lithobates palustris) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr

Wood Frog

ImageWood Frog (L. sylvaticus) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageWood Frogs (L. sylvaticus) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageWood Frog (Lithobates sylvaticus) (Missing a leg) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr

Spring Peeper

ImageNorthern Spring Peeper (P. crucifer) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageNorthern Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr

Northern Grey Tree Frog

ImageGrey Tree Frog (Hyla versicolor) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageGrey Tree Frog by Alex Roukis, on Flickr

Atlantic Coast Leopard Frog

ImageAtlantic Coast Leopard Frog (Lithobates kauffeldi) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr

American Toad

ImageAmerican Toad (Anaxyrus americanus) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageAmerican Toad (Anaxyrus americanus) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr

Fowler's Toad

ImageBackyard Fowler's Toad by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageFowler's Toad (Anaxyrus fowleri) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageFowler's Toad (Anaxyrus fowleri) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageFowler's Toad (Anaxyrus fowleri) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr


Salamander/Newts

Marbled Salamander

ImageMarbled Salamander (Ambystoma opacum) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr

Eastern Newt

ImageEastern Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageRed Eft by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageEastern Newt with Physical Abnormality by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageEastern Newt (Red Eft) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr

Northern Two-Lined Salamander

ImageNorthern Two-Lined Salamander (Eurycea bislineata) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageNorthern Two-lined Salamander (Eurycea bislineata) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr

Long-Tailed Salamander

ImageLongtail Salamander (Eurycea longicauda) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageLongtail Salamander (Eurycea longicauda) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr

Eastern Redback Salamander

ImageEastern Redback Salamander (Plethodon cinereus) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageRedback Salamander by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageEastern Redback Salamander (Plethodon cinereus) (partially erythristic) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr

Mountain Dusky Salamander

ImageMountain Dusky Salamander (Desmognathus ochrophaeus) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageDesmognathus sp. in Cave (in-situ) by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageAllegheny Mountain Dusky Salamander by Alex Roukis, on Flickr

Spotted Salamander (another one i'm surprised I did not get many decent pics of, these are everywhere in Spring!) (And yes, this one and several others were found in this creek, unusual habitat for them!)

ImageSpotted Salamander (A. maculatum) in-habitat by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageDSC_0918 copy by Alex Roukis, on Flickr



Other Wildlife/Landscapes just for the heck of it!

ImageWood Duck by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageA Bad Day for This Pigeon! by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageA Catskill Mtn Point of View by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageFall in the Catskills by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageFawn in the Shadows by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageLong Island Pine Barrens by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageRed Morph Eastern Screech Owl by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageGreat Horned Owlets by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageYellow-Crowned Night Heron by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageGreat Horned Owl by Alex Roukis, on Flickr
ImageLong Island in Fall by Alex Roukis, on Flickr


Thanks so much for looking! This was such a fantastic year, and I can only hope 2016 will compare. I met so many new herper friends, and I really am looking forward to meeting more, whether from FHF or elsewhere, soon!

Happy Herping!

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Re: 2015 in the New York State (Pic Heavy!)

Post by intermedius » November 7th, 2015, 6:35 pm

I thoroughly enjoyed.

Your Desmognathus sp. is an ochrophaeus.

- Justin

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Re: 2015 in the New York State (Pic Heavy!)

Post by NewYorkHerper16 » November 7th, 2015, 7:25 pm

Thanks Justin! For whatever reason i have trouble with Desmognathus. I guess its because i dont have much experience with them compared with others, since we dont have them on Long Island. The primary ID characteristics are a more rounded tail (or is that fuscus, or maybe i'm just making that up entirely lol) and chevron pattern on the dorsum, correct? Luckily we have just two species of Desmogs here, i dont know what I would do if went to western NC or east TN! Desmog overload!

Thanks again, i really appreciate it!

-Alex

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Re: 2015 in the New York State (Pic Heavy!)

Post by reptologist » November 8th, 2015, 5:44 am

Nice pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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Post by NewYorkHerper16 » November 8th, 2015, 8:07 pm

Thanks reptologist!

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Re: 2015 in the New York State (Pic Heavy!)

Post by walk-about » November 9th, 2015, 8:50 am

Great images Alex! That first image of the E. Milk is super good. Specimen with lots of white and I don't think I see that much. Are Italian Wall Lizards common up there? They are also in northern KY along the Ohio River. Loved the Redback Salamander shot - really pretty.

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Re: 2015 in the New York State (Pic Heavy!)

Post by NewYorkHerper16 » November 9th, 2015, 3:09 pm

Thanks Dave! The milks we get up here are gorgeous, especially as juveniles! Italian Wall Lizards are very common here, especially in the suburbs of Long Island. They are also found in some parts of New York City too, which is pretty amazing! Very adaptive little critters! That's very interesting that they are found in KY too, I know they're in CA, KS, CT, PA, and OH, but never heard of them from KY until now. It's amazing how successful they are! Even though they aren't native, I'm fond of these wall lizards. This is the only lizard we have on Long Island, and they don't seem to have any noticeable negative impacts on native wildlife (so far, that is). In fact, I have seen several photos of kestrels and merlins preying on them! So of course it isn't ideal to have a non-native herp running around, but in the case of Long Island, they seem to be very benign!

-Alex

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Re: 2015 in the New York State (Pic Heavy!)

Post by Porter » November 9th, 2015, 6:25 pm

:thumb: :thumb: nice photog. and morph Owl. How common are those out there...? I really like that snapper with the backdrop, long island reflection, and the red eft. We used to have Eastern Newts in the pet stores on the west coast when I was a kid.

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Re: 2015 in the New York State (Pic Heavy!)

Post by NewYorkHerper16 » November 10th, 2015, 1:29 pm

Thanks Porter! The screech owls are pretty common here, and the red and grey morphs seem to occur with about the same frequency, as far as i can tell.
Eastern newts are extremely common here! I've always felt that if the efts were rare they would be at the top of every herper's list! Since they are so abundant, though, many times it's easy to simply move on and not pay much attention to them. It just shows how much a lot of us take such a beautiful species for granted here!

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