9 Copperhead Day and more from 2015

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Gary2sons
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9 Copperhead Day and more from 2015

Post by Gary2sons » December 7th, 2015, 8:24 am

It was mid April hit a glade and only had an average day. An adult speckled king in shed phase, a nice red milk, a copperhead and several of the usual smaller species.

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After that we headed home to check our AC on the 8 acres where we live. Have done this for about 15 years now. As usual we found more at home


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This one had some white paint residue from the AC

Next tin had two

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We were really excited to find three under the very next tin!

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Then a nice pinkish one

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The last one was much lighter and has been seen several times over the years

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That is by far the most we have ever found on our property. 8 adult copperheads in one day! :D The most we usually find is about 6 a year but some are found many times!

Also found a few salamanders. When we camp the grandkids always like looking for cave salamanders.

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Always fun to get three in one shot!

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My wife found this one in a bush which I thought was a little unusual! :o


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You might say I rescued this lesser siren. Found him in with some minnows on a truck from Arkansas. Kept it for a year before it died. Always ate good, mostly earthworms and very small crayfish. It measured 11 inches so maybe just old age.

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This is a spotted salamander that had evidently died under a piece of tin around our fishless pond. We see them every year, sometimes very many. It seemed to look strange with the head up and 3 weeks later it was still there! Something must have moved the rock slightly without moving the skeleton! Strange! :o

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Thanks for looking!

Gary

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Re: 9 Copperhead Day and more from 2015

Post by Steve Bledsoe » December 7th, 2015, 5:46 pm

Your copperheads are very nice looking snakes. What subspecies are they?
Great looking red milk too. :thumb:

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Re: 9 Copperhead Day and more from 2015

Post by MCHerper » December 8th, 2015, 10:10 am

Copperheads will always be one of my favorites! Awesome work!

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Re: 9 Copperhead Day and more from 2015

Post by Gary2sons » December 9th, 2015, 10:44 am

Steve Bledsoe wrote:Your copperheads are very nice looking snakes. What subspecies are they?
Great looking red milk too. :thumb:
Osage copperheads. They seem to vary quite a bit as far as color but are known for the whitish outline on the edges of the saddles.

We have been lucky enough to find this one several times over the years. Probably my personal favorite.

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MCHerper wrote:
MCHerper wrote:Copperheads will always be one of my favorites! Awesome work!
Yes very cool snakes! I remember many years ago when we first started herping they all looked the same. And now each one is totally different. We seldom have to go back to the pics to see if one has been found before.

Thanks for the comments!

Gary

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