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2008 Midwest field pics

Discussion in 'Field Trips (Natural Habitats)' started by crotaline, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. crotaline

    crotaline Arachnosquire Old Timer

    WI
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    I haven't posted any field pics in a while and thought I would share some from last year. These were all taken in IL, WI, and MO.

    Snakes

    Bullsnakes (Pituophis catenifer sayi)
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    Blue racer (Coluber constrictor foxi)
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    Chicago garter (Thamnophis sirtalis semifasciatus)
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    Plains garter (Thamnophis radix)
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    Northern red bellied snakes (Storeria occipitomaculata)
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    Smooth green snake (Liochlorophis vernalis)
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    Western ribbon snake (Thamnophis proximus)
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    Western fox snakes (Elaphe vulpina)
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    adult
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    Osage copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix phaeogaster)
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    Lizards

    Eastern fence lizard (Sceloperus undulatus)
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    6 lined racerunner (Cnemidophorus sexlineatus)
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    5 lined skink guarding her eggs (Eumeces fasciatus)
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    Amphibians

    American toad (Bufo americanus)
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    Western chorus frog (Pseudacris triseriata)
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    Northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens)
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    Fowlers toad (Bufo fowleri)
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    Eastern tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum)
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    Turtles

    Snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina)
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    Painted turtle (Chresymys picta)
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    Invertebrates

    Moth
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    MO tarantula (Aphonopelma hentzi)
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    Bark scorpions (Centruroides vittatus)
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    Northern widow (Latrodectus variolus)
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    Soil centipede (Geophilomorpha) with brood
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    Wolf spider with eggsac
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  2. PoPpiLLs

    PoPpiLLs Arachnobaron Old Timer

    Nice pics Adam thanks for sharing .
     
  3. lots of great pics there:}
     
  4. Tony

    Tony Arachno-pragmatarian Old Timer

    Very nice Adam!
     
  5. It must have taken millenia to find all of those specimens. I tip my hat to thee, sir. That smooth green snake is absobloodylutely stellar.
     
  6. eelnoob

    eelnoob Arachnobaron

    Great pix and finds


    I was surprised a few years back when I saw a lizard here in MN, didn't know we had any. Those young centipedes look like candy{D
     
  7. Red Eyes

    Red Eyes Arachnoknight

    Fantastic pics! So what happened with the Smooth green snake (Liochlorophis vernalis)? Was it just bluffing?
     
  8. crotaline

    crotaline Arachnosquire Old Timer

    WI
    Yes it was bluffing. It was only about 6". Here is a pic of it on my hand.

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  9. Texas Blonde

    Texas Blonde Arachnoangel Old Timer

    Awesome Adam! Good to see your still out hunting! Any good dead baby moments? ;)
     
  10. Shrike

    Shrike Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Great pics man! I love the Pituophis genus. Awesome snakes!
     
  11. loxoscelesfear

    loxoscelesfear Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Kankakee bull? Someone has been tromping NE lllinois and southern Missouri for sure.:) Impressive field season. Peace
     
  12. Lizamphid

    Lizamphid Arachnopeon

    top marks on the copperhead photo:clap:
     
  13. josh_r

    josh_r Arachnoprince Old Timer

    yeah that phaeogaster is a really nice snake. i caught a pair of pictigaster when i was in texas. i would love to have a pair of phaeogaster. the 2 best looking of the copperheads. are the phaeogaster a small copperhead like the pictigaster??
     
  14. crotaline

    crotaline Arachnosquire Old Timer

    WI
    Sky, good to hear from you. I still get out whenever I can. As for dead baby moments, nothing much to report, but I should be getting a new pitchfork soon, so........


    Josh, the phaeogasters seem to be comparable in size to the northerns, and get a bit larger than than the pictigasters. The biggest one I have seen in the wild was about 32", although most I see are in the 20-24" range. They are by the most aggressive subspecies IMO (I have dealt with all of them except laticinctus). I used to use only my hands when catching/positioning northerns. I tried this the first time I came across an Osage, and it didn't go well. Needless to say I use a hook now. If you are interested in acquiring a pair PM me and I can give you some more info.
     
  15. atrox

    atrox Arachnosquire

    Awesome post! Being a fieldherper from the Midwest I know how much work went into finding all this stuff. I have agree the Northern Copperheads are demons, that strike at their own shadows!


    Justin
     
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