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A Day on the Glades

Met up with Ryan today to do some glade herping; our plan was to meet up around noon and stay until dark exploring some new glades we hadn’t herped before.  Our target species were an eastern coachwhip and maybe a red milk or two.

 

I had forgotten my tripod back at home; while at first I was pretty bummed over this it wasn’t long until I realized the benefit of being forced to take on a new shooting style in the field.  It’s easy to find a method that works and stick with it to the point that it becomes stagnant; being put in a position where using different techniques is not a choice can help break you out of this.  For me it was just the fact that I had no choice but to hand-hold my camera.  This meant either shooting full flash are choosing a wider lens with a larger aperture for ambient light photos.  My photos at the end of the day had some problems for sure but it was a worthy trade off for the experience I gained using my equipment in different ways, not to mention it was fun.

 

One of the first snakes of the day was this unusually cooperative western worm snake.

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Not long after the worm snake we uncovered this lined snake.  This species has a very small and spotty distribution in Missouri.

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This mega large osage copperhead was on his way out of a rock outcropping to presumably catch some rays when we intercepted him.  This is a species we had never found here regardless of years of herping the area.

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This Three-toed Box Turtle was out on the move.

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When it rains it pours; here’s Ryan uncovering another copperhead.

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Here’s that same snake Ryan uncovered.

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The last snake of the day was this juvenile eastern yellow-bellied racer.

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Other than the above species we also found many of the other usual glade critters: scorpion, tarantulas, ring-necks, toads, racerunners, fence lizards, skinks, and a juvenile speckled king.

                                                                                                                  

None of our targets were found but you’ll here neither of us complain too loud.