An April 2015 Herping Weekend in Northwest Ohio
It was a cool, rainy weekend, but there were plenty of reptiles and amphibians to be found.
A melanistic Eastern Garter Snake.
Leopard Frogs were very common, many were calling.
Smallmouth Salamander - I came across a few of these.
Midland Painted Turtle close-up.
An Eastern Garter Snake literally found at our front door.
A female American Bullfrog that was missing her front forearm, but otherwise appeared healthy.
Not a herp, but still cool - British Soldier Lichen.
I saw my first Northen Water Snakes of the year on this trip - here's one of them.
More herp habitat.
Bee Mimic flies sure do like me.
Green Frog, these aren't as common as Leopard Frogs in this part of the Buckeye State.
A yearling melanistic Eastern Garter Snake.
Another photo of the same snake.
There were many Midland Painted Turtles out basking.
Northern Water Snakes were out basking as well.
Butler's Garter Snake, these aren't as common as Easterns.
An awesome Blanding's Turtle.
An "in situ" Eastern Garter Snake.
Western Chorus Frog - there were many of these calling.
An Eastern Garter Snake with a bit of orange.
A Leopard Frog with tiny spots.
It was an excellent time!