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Yep, Kansas again DUW!!!

Discussion in 'Field Trips (Natural Habitats)' started by KUJordan, Apr 22, 2007.

  1. KUJordan

    KUJordan Arachnobaron Old Timer

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    Spent about 2 hours out this afternoon and fought the extreme wind (40-50mph). I checked a spot I hadn't been to since last spring. I didn't find many S. polymorpha there last year, but this year...WHOAH!!! They were flippin' everywhere. I saw well over 50 today from little 1 inchers to big 6 inchers as in one of the following pics....

    First finds, of course, S. polymorpha adult:
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    Next was a double poly rock: can you spot them both?
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    Next was an interesting experience. I've seen a lot of copperheads this year, but not four in the same crevice...along with two small timber rattlers (the horridus fled when put the camera up to the crack):

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    This little baby racer followed:
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    Then some more polymorpha:
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    another:
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    Another double polymorpha rock: See 'em?
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    The coolest find of the day was this TINY neonate red milksnake:
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    Found this gravid GP skink under a rock:
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    Toad:
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    These are EVERYWHERE now, Centruroides vittatus adult female:
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    Largest Scolopendra polymorpha, about 6":
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    See the racer, Coluber constrictor:

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    And to finish off, this picture shows why people from Kansas don't get excited about ringnecks too much:

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    anyway, hope you enjoyed...until next time...
     
  2. gunslinger

    gunslinger Arachnobaron Old Timer

    Holy ringnecks Batman. Freaking awesome! Thats as many snakes as I find in my county in an entire week of herping..........under one rock :wall:

    Very nice as always. Two more weeks for me before I can begin doing any real herping.
     
  3. P. Novak

    P. Novak ArachnoGod Old Timer

    Wow, more gorgeous coppers! :clap:

    The S.polymorpha there are alot bigger then the ones here in my area.

    That is alllooooott of ringnecks. I found one out of the whole 18 years I've lived here. You found like 15 under one rock. Very nice.
     
  4. ShadowBlade

    ShadowBlade Planeswalker Old Timer

    Man, and I was happy when I cound one D.p.punctatus and you found like 20 D.p.arnyi(?) Thats crazy!

    -Sean
     
  5. Bear Foot Inc

    Bear Foot Inc Arachnobaron

    Those are some very impressive snake photos!! I cant believe you found that many ring necks under one rock. :eek:
     
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2007
  6. KUJordan

    KUJordan Arachnobaron Old Timer

    so about the ringnecks. this picture was taken after i had flipped the rock and set it back down and got my camera ready to go. about half of the snakes had fled between the first and this flipping. i probably flipped about 15-20 rocks that had this many or more ringnecks under it. i didn't flip a SINGLE rock without a ringneck and one piece of carpet i flipped had about 200 or so ringnecks under it. i see about 1000 or more every day i go herping around here...
     
  7. Sheri

    Sheri Arachnoking

    I can't believe that racer sat so pretty for you. Do you carry a cooler around with you? ;)

    Spectacular pictures - I can hardly wait to go on Wednesday! (Headed west for C. viridis den sites)

    Thanks for sharing, I absolutely love this forum.
     
  8. Bear Foot Inc

    Bear Foot Inc Arachnobaron

    No way thats dang nuts!! i only find one or so a year here. Guess there is no way you could send me 2 or 3 of them...
    ~Samuel
     
  9. SnakeManJohn

    SnakeManJohn Arachnoknight

    Oh wow! Awesome finds dude, that's crazy! Look at all your posts here lol..total amazement!
     
  10. tarcan

    tarcan Arachnoking Old Timer

    Really nice pictures! You are quite lucky!

    Martin
     
  11. David_F

    David_F Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Man, I gotta stop reading your posts, Jordan. Making me jealous. :D Gotta get some time off to go see what I can find around here.

    That (sub-?)adult racer is beautiful and....four copperheads in one crevice! That's pretty cool. :cool:
     
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