One of my favourite finds from this past field season, this beautiful axanthic green frog spotted by @kenny.ruelland among a sea of thousands of green, leopard & pickeral frogs in one of the last remaining ponds after this years dry spell.
axanthic means the individual is lacking xanthophores which produce yellow pigment resulting in a "blue" green frog.
although hard times for amphibians, with so many being condensed into these small pools it allows newly born snakes to more easily aquire their first meals and make it through the winter freeze.
axanthic green frog (lithobates clamatins)
You meet all sorts of new friends mushroom hunting! this is a banded watersnake. you can see she was enjoying an after meal nap in the sun during our photo shoot. there’s a little bulge in her belly, most likely a toad or frog, which is their favorite meal. you can also see her eyes are cloudy, so she might be getting ready to shed her skin
but a little real talk, i have a very real and sometimes paralyzing fear of snakes. which sucks because i spend so much time outdoors and that’s my favorite place to be. so these photos represent a major step forward in me conquering my snake fear!
but why are so many people afraid of snakes? i realize my fear is completely irrational. the banded watersnake is nonvenemous. but all snakes (even venomous snakes) would rather flee danger than risk injury or expending the energy on a confrontation. .
i have to assume the fear is based in genetic memory or societal misinformation- or both. .
maybe our genes remember being neanderthals and knowing that snakes were dangerous, we killed or avoided them. maybe societal misinformation about snakes grew bigger based on our genetic memory. .
either way, we shouldn’t k**l any snakes, or fear them. they are part of the cycle and an essential part of the ecosystem. .
i’m doing my best to learn more about them and also take better photos of them. research and photography will help me be more brave, it’s worked for lots of other challenges so far!
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A young python i spotted in a tree while walking around an abandoned lot. this is only the second time i've seen one in a tree, the first was with @edgilbert last year when we walked up on a nice ~3m one climbing down.
After a disappointing herping hike, we finally found a reptilian classic: the corn snake or the red rat snake (pantherophis guttatus), and a tiny newly hatched baby at that. cute as a button, definitely made our trip worth it. it's so interesting to see an animal that is such a staple in the pet trade out in the wild. #snake#florida#cornsnake#ratsnake#reptiles#herping
The temperature was -1 celsius (30 fahrenheit) i found him a little after shooting a 6 point buck. he is some sort of garter snake (thamnophis). i think it might be a butlers or plains garter, or maybe even a weird looking common garter, but i’ve never seen a snake with this pattern, so i don’t know for sure
The late fall air carried a brisk urgency that comes with the approaching winter months. a deep breath of the crisp autumn air seemed to sharpen my senses and sent a shiver of goosebumps down my spine. one good rainy or windy day, and the foliage would be gone, leaving the trees as bare, skeletal fingers reaching towards the sky. with its burst of colors and scents, fall is possibly my favorite season. like spring, there is a sense of necessity. animals are on the move, each species pursuing a different chapter in their lives. for many, including reptiles and amphibians, fall is a storm before the calm. the waining temperatures provide the last opportunities to feed, mate, and find overwintering sites. there is a brief period of activity before they mysteriously disappear for nearly half the year. with the season for snakes all but past, carl and i were on the hunt for northern spring salamanders.
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