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    Re: Reptile watchin'

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    Even the birds and fish are colourful and more interesting than our British ones !!
    Aww, your British wildlife has its own charm!
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    Re: Reptile watchin'

    Another day, another good herp walk! There's a lot of vernal pools in my area after all the spring rain, so the water-oriented herps are quite happy.

    Northern water snake (Nerodia sipedon)





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    Not quite sure if this fellow is a common garter snake or Eastern ribbon snake. They slithered away into the above cover before I could get a good look at their face.

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    Re: Reptile watchin'

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    ...Not quite sure if this fellow is a common garter snake or Eastern ribbon snake. They slithered away into the above cover before I could get a good look at their face...
    Yeah, I've tried demanding I.D.'s but they just stick out their tongues & do the same thing to me? Love seeing them in the wild anyway though. TKS for sharing.
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    Re: Reptile watchin'

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    Aww, your British wildlife has its own charm!
    Possibly our cutest critters are your Grey Squirrels


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    Re: Reptile watchin'

    Baby turtles are starting to emerge! This one is a regional special.

    Diamondback terrapin (Malachlemys terrapin terrapin)



    Northern water snakes, painted turtles, and red-bellied turtles are also out and about in the region. I saw a black racer at one of my usual spots this past weekend as well, but they were too quick for me to get a photo. It's a shame, because said racer was crawling right at the toe of my shoe while I was watching a water snake swim!

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    Re: Reptile watchin'

    It was rather cold this past weekend, so I didn't see many herps. Plenty of cool birds, though, and a few basking turtles.

    Red-bellied turtles (large) and Painted turtles (small)



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    Re: Reptile watchin'

    It was looking like another "nothing but turtles" day for me, and then this fellow just wandered through my place!

    Black rat snake/Eastern rat snake









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    Nice find and a great looking specimen! Black Rats will always be one of my favorite North American colubrids. Used to catch those all the time when I was growing up in Missouri.

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    Reptile watchin'

    Our son and his new wife visited Niagara Falls last week and saw loads of snakes in the nearby rocks / walls .

    Far too many to count



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    Re: Reptile watchin'

    Had a surprisingly nice couple of days of herping! It's mostly the usual suspects, though the turtles were particularly active and seeing this many species was nice.

    Northern water snake. I saw a second one on a nearby beach, but upon closer inspection it looked as though a particularly aggressive and broody American oystercatcher got to them first. (I've seen said bird attack ospreys and vultures that come within 200 yards of their nest.) It's a shame, because they were a particularly beautiful individual.



    Either a black rat snake or Eastern racer -- they were too far away to tell. This area is prime black rat snake habitat, but I've seen one particularly racer multiple times at this exact spot.



    Red-bellied turtles. These turtles are huge! Imagine a painted turtle the size of a snapper and you'll get the idea.



    Diamondback terrapin. This year's crop of babies is starting to emerge en masse.



    Bonus round: turtle versus muskrat! Said muskrat was minding their own business, collecting foliage for their nest, when they accidentally stepped on a very grumpy turtle.. My gut tells me it's an Eastern mud turtle, but it's hard to tell from how murky the water was.





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