Snake Road 2013 Part 2: Reptiles

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Part 2 to my Snake Road 2013 posts is all about reptiles.  We saw some great turtles, lizards and snakes during our adventures.  The weather for the most part was beautiful and many reptiles were out enjoying the sun.  A couple of highlights for me were a Mississippi Green Water Snake (Nerodia cyclopion) and a Western Smooth Earth Snakes (Virginia valeriae elegans).  Of course anytime you see a Copperhead and Timber Rattlesnake is a treat.  Full list of species observed can be found below.  If you missed the post on the Amphibians of Snake Road it can be found by clicking this link: http://naturenotesblog.blogspot.ca/2014/01/snake-road-2014-part-1-amphibians.html 
 

River Cooter- Missouri and Hieroglyphic integrades (Pseudemys concinna)

River Cooters- Missouri and Hieroglyphic integrades (Pseudemys concinna)

River Cooters- Missouri and Hieroglyphic integrades (Pseudemys concinna)

Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina)

Northern Fence Lizard (Sceloporus undulatus hyacinthinus)

Northern Fence Lizard (Sceloporus undulatus hyacinthinus)


Ground Skinks (Scincella lateralis)

Black Rat Snake (Pantherophis spiloides)

Black Rat Snake (Pantherophis spiloides)

Black Rat Snake (Pantherophis spiloides)

Black Rat Snake (Pantherophis spiloides)

Black Rat Snake (Pantherophis spiloides)

Juvenile Southern Black Racer (Coluber constrictor priapus)*

Juvenile Southern Black Racer (Coluber constrictor priapus)*

Juvenile Southern Black Racer (Coluber constrictor priapus)*

Juvenile Southern Black Racer (Coluber constrictor priapus)*

Midland Brown Snakes (Storeria dekayi wrightorum)*

Midland Brown Snakes (Storeria dekayi wrightorum)*

Midland Brown Snakes (Storeria dekayi wrightorum)*

Midland Brown Snakes (Storeria dekayi wrightorum)*

Midland Brown Snakes (Storeria dekayi wrightorum)*

Western Smooth Earth Snakes (Virginia valeriae elegans)*

Western Ribbon Snakes (Thamnophis proximus proximus)

Western Ribbon Snakes (Thamnophis proximus proximus)

Rough Green Snakes (Opheodrys aestivus)

Rough Green Snakes (Opheodrys aestivus)

Rough Green Snakes (Opheodrys aestivus)

Rough Green Snakes (Opheodrys aestivus)

Rough Green Snakes (Opheodrys aestivus)

Mississippi Green Water Snake (Nerodia cyclopion)*

Mississippi Green Water Snake (Nerodia cyclopion)*

Mississippi Green Water Snake (Nerodia cyclopion)*

Yellowbelly Water Snakes (Nerodia erythrogaster flavigaster)

Yellowbelly Water Snakes (Nerodia erythrogaster flavigaster)

Western Cottonmouths (Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma)

Western Cottonmouths (Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma)

Copperhead- Northern and Southern integrate (Agkistrodon contortrix)

Copperhead- Northern and Southern integrate (Agkistrodon contortrix)

Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus)

Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus)



Reptiles Observed by Our (Smaller) Group at Snake Road:


*- Indicates a lifer for me!
  1. Midland Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta marginata)
  2. River Cooters- Missouri and Hieroglyphic integrades (Pseudemys concinna)
  3. Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina)
  4. Red-Eared Sliders (Trachemys scripta elegans)
  5. Ground Skinks (Scincella lateralis)
  6. Northern Fence Lizard (Sceloporus undulatus hyacinthinus)
  7. Rough Green Snakes (Opheodrys aestivus)
  8. Midland Brown Snakes (Storeria dekayi wrightorum)*
  9. Western Ribbon Snakes (Thamnophis proximus proximus)
  10. Western Smooth Earth Snakes (Virginia valeriae elegans)*
  11. Yellowbelly Water Snakes (Nerodia erythrogaster flavigaster)
  12. Mississippi Green Water Snake (Nerodia cyclopion)*
  13. Southern Black Racer (Coluber constrictor priapus)*
  14. Black Rat Snake (Pantherophis spiloides)
  15. Copperhead- Northern and Southern integrate (Agkistrodon contortrix)
  16. Western Cottonmouths (Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma)
  17. Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus)

 Good herping,

~ Kristen Martyn

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