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Spring South Eastern Trip

I just returned from my south east trip. All in all everything went well and I had a great time. I spent one morning in South Carolina, quite a few days in Georgia, and a few in the Florida panhandle. I had more cloudy rainy weather than sunny so I had to work a lot harder for the herps than what I had hoped for. I still walked away with thirty-five species and subspecies, twenty-two of which were lifers, so I have no complaints.

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The ever present Southern Black Racer was the first snake of the trip.

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The one morning I spent in Jasper County, South Carolina produced this Southern Copperhead that was found warming up under some tin.

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This Large opaque Eastern Hog was found out sunning in situ at a Georgia tin site.

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This "Yellow" Rat Snake was calling a Georgia trash dump home. 

I spent about four days hunting Eastern Indigo habitat in Georgia but all that was found (other than racers) was a Eastern Hog-nosed Snake.

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I thought a rainy day spent in a Georgia motel would become my only no herp day of the trip; lucky for me all the rain enticed a few Anuras to emerge for some love.   

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Heading south thru Georgia on my way to Florida I stopped at a dilapidated old barn and found this nice Canebrake Rattlesnake under some tin.  This being the last of the three horridus variations I've seen in the wild made this a memorable find. 

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Driving thru north Florida now, I managed to find this Central Florida Crown Snake under some tin near an abandoned home.

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My first morning in Apalachicola National Forest found me this nice little Corn Snake.

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Soon after finding the Corn I came across this big Gulf Coast Box Turtle crossing the road.

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One of my target species, this Scarlet Kingsnake was found under the peeling bark of a standing dead pine.

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The end of my first day in Apalachicola produced my most exciting find, a gorgeous adult Eastern Diamond-backed Rattlesnake!  After finding two dead, killed by shotgun and with their rattles plucked from their tails, It's needless to say I was very happy to find this one alive and well crossing a sand road.

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The next day started with another beautiful Scarlet Kingsnake.

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This Peninsula Ribbon Snake was an unexpected bonus found crossing the road in a swampy area.

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This pretty Corn Snake was busy exploring the loose bark of a dead Pine Tree when I came across it.

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My last day in Apalachicola and the last day of my trip had me searching stump holes feverishly in hopes of catching a glimpse of my first Dusky Pigmy Rattlesnake (the snake that brought me to Florida).  Getting late in the evening I decided to give up and head back to Missouri.  But as I was pulling out onto the highway I thought, what the hell I'll drive around thru the habitat one more time.  Just a couple minutes later I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw the tiny rattlesnake stretched out in the middle of the road.   

I owe a big thanks to Eitan Grundwald and Mike Pingleton, without their help my trip would not have been as near of a success.

Total species and subspecies are listed below:

South Carolina Slimy Salamander – many (lifer)
Southeastern Slimy Salamander – 2 (lifer)
Dwarf Salamander – 1 (lifer)

Southern Toad – tntc
Eastern Spadefoot Toad – 2 (lifer)
Southern Cricket Frog – tntc (lifer)
Florida Cricket Frog – tntc (lifer)
Little Grass Frog – many (lifer)
Southern Spring Peeper – tntc (lifer)
Pig Frog – 1 (lifer)
Pine Woods Tree Frog – 3 (lifer)

American Alligator – 3

Eastern Mud Turtle – 1
Yellow-bellied Slider – 1
Gulf Coast Box Turtle – 2 (lifer)
Gopher Tortoise – 2 (lifer)

Green Anole – many
Ground Skink – many
South Eastern Five-lined Skink – 4+ (lifer)
Southern Fence Lizard – many (lifer)
Five-lined Skink – 2+

Brown-chinned Racer – 6 (lifer)
Southern Black Racer – 10
Peninsula Ribbon Snake – 1 (lifer)
Midland Brown Snake – 1
Southern Ring-necked Snake – 1 (lifer)
Eastern Hog-nosed Snake – 2
Central Florida Crowned Snake – 1 (lifer)
Yellow Rat Snake – 1 (lifer)
Corn Snake – 3
Scarlet Kingsnake – 2 (lifer)
Southern Copperhead – 1
Eastern Diamond-backed Rattlesnake – 1 (lifer)
Dusky Pigmy Rattlesnake – 1 (lifer)
Canebrake Rattlesnake – 1
DOR Florida Pine Snake – 1
DOR Banded Water Snake – 2
DOR Eastern Mud Snake – 1
DOR Eastern Diamond-backed Rattlesnake – 2
DOR Eastern Glass Lizard – 1