SOME JULY 2014 HERPS FOUND IN NORTHEAST OHIO
Rainy weather and cooler-than-usual temperatures made for some pretty good herping (if you don't mind mosquitos).
A large number of Eastern Garter Snakes were seen - this one was particularly attractive.
Though common, Northern Leopard Frogs are rather skittish and don't usually allow themselves to be approached up close.
I never get tired of photographing Painted Turtles - here's one from Ira Trailhead in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
A Longtail Salamander from the Youngstown area. This one is missing about half its tail, though it still looks quite elegant.
Back when I was single digits in age, a DeKay's Snake was the first snake I ever encountered in the wild; it was caught on a family outing. Later I learned that I could ride my back to vacant lots in Cleveland and find them there as well. I still get a kick out of seeing them these days.
The largest frog in the land - an American Bullfrog.
A non-native Western Painted Turtle in a pond in Summit County.
An "in situ" Black Rat Snake - my first one this year - near Wooster.
There's no time like Toad Time and I have seen many metamorphs this month as well as a few adults, like this one.
A "cloudy day" Common Snapping Turtle that appears to be swimming through clouds reflected in the water.
For some reason Northern Water Snakes aren't as conspicuous in the Summer as they are in the Spring. Here's a young male that still has retained a bit of juvenile color and pattern.
They may not be the most colorful frogs in the state, but I dig the earthtones of Wood Frogs. Here's one found only a few minutes from where I live.
An Eastern Milk Snake hiding in a crevice in a rock wall.
A Midland Painted Turtle sporting "green hair."
Perhaps the most commonly encountered amphibian around this time of year - Green Frog.
A coppery-colored gravid Eastern Garter Snake.
A Slimy Salamander from the Wayne County.
A very shy Eastern Milk Snake.
Pickerel Frog found at the edge of a creek.
I've seen more Ringneck Snakes around here this year than any other year. Maybe the moderate temperatures and damp weather have something to do with it. Here's one found on the Fourth of July.
Gray Treefrog metamorphs can be frequently encountered on rainy nights in the right habitat.
An Eastern Garter Snake "as found" in a tree. I've found a few of them in trees over the years.
A young Spotted Salamander that probably just metamorphosed.
Spring Peeper, a "classic" springtime amphibian that occasionally turns up in the Summer.
A great looking Red Eft - the immature land-dwelling life stage of the mostly aquatic Red-spotted Newt.