A lovely Corn Snake (Pantherophis guttata) that was found just down the road from the Scarlet Snake:
|There is a Pine Woods Treefrog on this bark, promise.|
Another Pine Woods Treefrog:
One call that I immediately recognized was the sheep-like “BAAAA” of the Eastern Narrowmouth Toad (Gastrophryne carolinensis). In the second picture you can see one of the unique physical features of narrowmouth toads, the flap of skin on the top of the head that they can fold across their eyes to remove pestering insects.
Here is an especially colorful Southern Toad (Anaxyrus terrestris):
Finally, here is an example from one of my favorite groups of reptiles in the Southeast, the Family Anguidae:
|“Gotcha, I’m not even a snake”|
It is an Eastern Glass Lizard (Ophisaurus ventralis)! So cool! This lizard is such a treat to find. I’ve seen them in South Carolina before, but they often disappear into pine needles way before I can get a hand on one.
There is something so bizarre about seeing the head of a lizard on the body of a snake:
This trip was just a taster for the Gibbs’ lab trip to Florida in August, when we will be assisting fellow grad student Sarah Smiley in finding Pygmy Rattlesnakes. I’m positive we’ll be picking up quite a few other great reptiles and amphibians of the Southeast along the way.