Despite the late season and a high near
ninety I decided to spend the day in the field. The plan was to meet Ryan Thies
at a spot in Jefferson
County, MO. As usual I was about
an hour late and when I arrived Ryan was already photographing the first snake of the day, a nice little juvenile Prairie
Kingsnake. Regardless of the immediate success we new better than to expect much
from the rest of the day due to the heat. A hot walk and an hour or so later
just as Ryan was stating (and I was thinking) how we were wasting our time I flipped a nice Red Milk. Thanks to a tip from another local herper we decided to move on to a new spot to look for a Timber Rattlesnake
and sure enough it wasn’t long before we found one. After a few photos
it was getting late in the day so we headed back towards the car via a dry creek bed.
Flipping rocks along the way produced a Dark-sided Salamander a sub-spices I had never seen before. If you ask me this was a pretty good way to wined up the spring season.