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Encounters

Here are a few photos that were recently posted on NUN's instagram and facebook to highlight Big Night for New York's Herps!

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First day our daffodils opened!  I've been watching them all week and thought they might open yesterday, but today was the day.  Along with the peepers, this proves to me that spring is really here*.

 

*even if it snows later

I was exploring the vernal pool at the end of the Kip Trail by flashlight last week, and the spring peepers (Pseudacris crucifer) were deafening. After much searching, I finally spotted one tucked into some fallen cattail stalks. He has a somewhat dubious survival instinct, as he didn't stop calling even when my camera lens was inches from his face. On my way out of the pool, I nearly stepped on two more peepers (second picture). The male (on top) is amplexing the female -- holding on so that he'll have the best chance at fertilizing her eggs when she lays them.

I was out looking for frogs and almost stepped on top of this garter snake! It was basking in a sunny spot next to the water but didn't seem to mind that I had interrupted

I saw this snake about 5 feet away from another garter snake. they were both basking in sunny spots next to the water.

A very warm day, I went for a walk on the trails behind St. Lawrence athletic fields. There were a large number of green frogs swimming and calling in the center of this wetland, they were hard to photograph because they kept swimming away whenever I got close enough.

The day was rainy, cloudy and overcast, and around 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The time of day was around 2:00, and I was herping with my Herpetology class for lab on the Kip Tract trail by St. Lawrence University. This Lead-Back was under a soft, rotting log that I had overturned.

During Herpetology we went looking for various herps. After a long lab period in the rain, I finally found a leadback salamander (Eastern Redback without the red stripe) under a log off the Kip Trail.

I found this salamander under a soft, rotting log, on a cloudy afternoon following a morning rain. The air temperature was around 50 degrees Fahrenheit but parts of the ground were still slightly frozen.

Found this red-backed salamander (Plethodon cinereus, adult) under a small log along the Kip Trail near Wachtmeister Field Station.