This past Saturday I went on a trip with my herpetology class. We were out and about for 14 hours finding all kinds of really awesome reptiles and amphibians. We ended up finding about 30 species. Here are a few of them.
This is an Ornate Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin macrospilota) found on a small island, called Lanark Reef, somewhere off the coast of Carrabelle, Florida. (Warning: if you’re tempted to go to this place, don’t. We received special permission from the Florida FWC to be out there.)
These strange little ones here are Dwarf Sirens (Pseudobranchus striatus) and Lesser Sirens (Siren intermedia), two species of aquatic salamanders. Those bushy things near their heads are external gills. We found them in a man-made pond on the side of the road, somewhere north of Carrabelle, Florida.
This cute little salamander is an Alabama Waterdog (Necturus alabamensis). (I still can’t figure out why they call an aquatic salamander a “waterdog”.) This one was found under a bridge in Big Gully Creek.
I was really excited to find this salamander. I’d been dying to see it and we found three of them at our final site (Rock Bluff Botanical Area). It’s a Marbled Salamander (Ambystoma opacum) and one of the few terrestrial salamanders we found that day.
This is a Southern Cricket Frog (Acris gryllus). They were at almost every site we visited on Saturday, which is awesome because frogs are awesome. (Don’t worry about it being in a plastic baggy. We keep the smaller herps in them while we look at them. It keeps them from drying out in our hands and allows us to look at them without them hopping away or getting hurt. I promise that they were all just fine when we let them go.)
This is a Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer). It gets its scientific name from the cross marking present their backs (which you can’t see well from this photo, but it was there). We found this one in Rock Bluff Botanical Area (where I also got a chigger bite… in my bellybutton).
Credit for the photos goes to one of my classmates (my camera failed me). You can view the rest here.